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

  • Lu2677
    Irene 123, thanks for answering.
  • Irene123
    Lu2677 - I attend an Apostolic/Pentecostal ch.; the women obey "keeping silence" by not preaching/teaching men, i.e. having authority over them. We do shout, sing, vocally worship God, raise holy hands, during the worship service before the message is given. I dearly love that time of praise; it sets the mind to receive His message o us.
  • Lu2677
    I believe that Paul writes the commandments of the Lord. V.37. Do any of you here attend a church that tells women to be silent during times of learning during fellowship? Do any women here obey this commandment? V. 34.
  • Rodney
    I just wanted to say Amen. It is a blessing to understand the truth, to know who is the Amen. I hope that all who read this chapter will observe his commandments to do them. God bless you!
  • Wayne
    Galatians 3:28, For in Christ, there is neither male nor female for all are Christ's.


  • Steve morrow
    tashundra 1 Corinthians 14:34 let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law *****ROMANS 2:11 FOR THERE IS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS WITH GOD*****MATTHEW 24:35 HEAVEN AND EARTH SHALL PASS AWAY BUT MY WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAY PHIL 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS THAT ARE JESUS CHRISTS

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