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

  • Emmanuel
    Verse 33 our God is God of Peace not of confusion, this mean as we have accepted Him we have accepted the Peace in our life's
  • Wayne
    There is no condemnation to them who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.
  • 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.
  • Doug
    True tongues are a gift only given from GOD. THE ONLY LANGUAGE THE DEVIL DONT UNDERSTAND.when you speak in tongues,it is always for someone else present to hear. it cannot be taught , learned or read in books as it is a gift from GOD.
  • Avire
    What verse state that speaking in tongue can be taught. I have believed that speaking in tongue was a gift from God. Meaning that if its a gift how can man give or teach others. I beseech anyone to help me get a clear understanding. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen
  • Women are speaking in the churches nowadays. The last time i attended church I saw a woman at the podium fulfilling what looked like the role of a male pastor. Anyway I thought was unusual, and this verse came to mind. Political correctness has invaded the church, but that means Jesus's return is imminent. Trust in christ for salvation today, human wisdom has completely failed in these end times.

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