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

  • 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.
  • Wayne
    V.v. 32, 33, 38. Good verses for enlightenment and growth.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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