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

  • Steve morrow
    1 CORIN 14:9 SO LIKEWISE YOU EXCEPT YOU UTTER BY THE TONGUE WORDS EASY TO BE UNDERSTOOD HOW SHALL IT BE KNOWN WHAT IS SPOKEN FOR YOU SHALL SPEAK INTO THE AIR 14:10 THERE ARE IT MAY BE SO MANY KINDS OF VOICES IN THE WORLD AND NONE OF THEM IS WITHOUT SIGNIFICATION 14:11 THEREFORE IF I KNOW NOT THE MEANING OF THE VOICE I SHALL BE UNTO HIM THAT SPEAKETH A BARBARIAN........
  • Irene123
    V. 3 - " ..... speaketh unto men to edification ..... " That - is witnessing; the O.T. prophets were witnessing. They prayed for guidance on what to say - just as we are to do today, and not to witness on our own without His spirit in us to guide us to someone who is hungering for 'something' - they may not know what. God is so real and He will help us in any area we need help, if we PRAY.
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  • BSP
    Verse 40 shows that things in the congregation should be organized and properly arranged. This calls for direction and cooperation within the congregation.
  • Jozabad
    believers need to become mature in understanding Gods word because its the only solution that can end confusion and conflicts in the church today

  • Wayne
    There is no condemnation to them who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.

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