1 Corinthians 14:14

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if I pray in an vnknowen tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my vnderstanding is vnfruitfull.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if I make use of tongues in my prayers, my spirit makes the prayer, but not my mind.
- Basic English Bible

For if I pray with a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- Darby Bible

For if I pray in an unknown language, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- Webster's Bible

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is barren.
- Weymouth Bible

For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- World English Bible

For if Y preye in tunge, my spirit preieth; myn vndurstondyng is with outen fruyt.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit doth pray, and my understanding is unfruitful.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:14


14:14 If I pray in an unknown tongue - The apostle, as he did at #1Cor 14:6|, transfers it to himself. My spirit prayeth - By the power of the Spirit I understand the words myself. But my understanding is unfruitful - The knowledge I have is no benefit to others.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:14


1Co 14:14 If I pray in an [unknown] tongue, etc. He does not understand, and only his spirit prayeth.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14

  • GeraldineCole
    I think we need to search the word of Jesus and we will find the truth and if we do not understand we need to pray and ask Jesus for a answere we that have The Holy Ghost also can ask the Holy Ghost he will lead us to All truth Amen
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Diane,Prophesy does NOT mean preach!During an assembly of true believers at the time of learning you must heed;1Timothy2:11-12Let a woman learn in silense with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man.But to be silent"Preaching is teaching.1Cor.11:3-16,1Cor 14:34-35,Ecc.3:7.
  • Diane Rudd
    1st Corinthians 14:2
  • Glenda Fay Rhames
    Remember satan was God's right hand man therefore he understands everything no matter the tongue. There would be no scripture to your comment.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Doug,You claim the gift of "tongues" is a language that Satan cannot understand. Can you give scripture to back up your claim? Thanks
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Avire,man cannot teach this. It is, as all gifts given by God according to his will, to whom he wills. Don't be deceived by the false teachers and false "Christians" of our day. May the Lord lead you into his truth.

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