1 Corinthians 14:4

“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that speaketh in an vnknowen tongue, edifieth himselfe: but hee that prophesieth, edifieth the Church.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who makes use of tongues may do good to himself; but he who gives the prophet's word does good to the church.
- Basic English Bible

He that speaks with a tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies [the] assembly.
- Darby Bible

He that speaketh in an unknown language edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
- Webster's Bible

He who speaks in an unknown tongue does good to himself, but he who prophesies does good to the Church.
- Weymouth Bible

He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly.
- World English Bible

He that spekith in tunge, edifieth hym silf; but he that prophecieth, edifieth the chirche of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

he who is speaking in an [unknown] tongue, himself doth edify, and he who is prophesying, an assembly doth edify;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:4


14:4 Edifieth himself - Only, on the most favourable supposition. The church - The whole congregation.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:4


1Co 14:4 He that speaketh in an [unknown] language edifieth himself. His speech in the unknown tongue tends to strengthen him, though not instructing others. He is made to feel that he is moved by God, and so is filled with awe.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14

  • Lilian
    Jesus himself is a word of God. He who believes him and his living water shall never die. John 1.1 In the beginning there was a word and the word was with God and the word was God amen. Only believe his words and lean not with your own understanding. Thank you Jesus for bringing us your that gives us life in abundance. Thanks for your blood. Let us be Born Again in Spirit and not in the flesh.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    This truly is and always has been the blue print Paul had set forth in the true and genuine Holy Church, Amen and Amen indeed. Our Heavenly Abba Dad's Word in and of itself mean's what it say's and say's what it mean's alone, Amen. We must all come back to all of it, Amen. SHALOM ISRAEL ZION ! COME LORD YESHUA JESUS AMEN ! God bless and keep you alway's, amen. Shalom yedda dim !
  • 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.
  • 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
    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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