1 Corinthians 14:19

“Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yet in the Church I had rather speake fiue words with my vnderstanding, that by my voyce I might teach others also, then ten thousand words in an vnknowen tongue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

howbeit in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But in the church it would be better for me to make use of five words of which the sense was clear, so that others might have profit, than ten thousand words in a strange tongue.
- Basic English Bible

but in [the] assembly I desire to speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also, [rather] than ten thousand words in a tongue.
- Darby Bible

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown language.
- Webster's Bible

but in the Church I would rather speak five words with my understanding--so as to instruct others also--than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
- Weymouth Bible

However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.
- World English Bible

but in the chirche Y wole speke fyue wordis in my wit, that also Y teche othere men, than ten thousynde of wordis in tunge.
- Wycliffe Bible

but in an assembly I wish to speak five words through my understanding, that others also I may instruct, rather than myriads of words in an [unknown] tongue.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:19


14:19 With my understanding - In a rational manner; so as not only to understand myself, but to be understood by others.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:19


1Co 14:19 I had rather speak five words with my understanding, etc. All must be done to edification (see 1Co 14:26). Hence, all must be understood. There is a lesson here to preachers who are so learned in their utterances that the people cannot understand them.

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