1 Corinthians 14:2

“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For he that speaketh in an vnknowen tongue, speaketh not vnto men, but vnto God: for no man vnderstandeth him: howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in {his} spirit he speaks mysteries.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God; for no man understandeth; but in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For he who makes use of tongues is not talking to men but to God; because no one has the sense of what he is saying; but in the Spirit he is talking of secret things.
- Basic English Bible

For he that speaks with a tongue does not speak to men but to God: for no one hears; but in spirit he speaks mysteries.
- Darby Bible

For he that speaketh in an unknown language, speaketh not to men, but to God: for no man understandeth him; yet in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
- Webster's Bible

For he who speaks in an unknown tongue is not speaking to men, but to God; for no one understands him. Yet in the Spirit he is speaking secret truths.
- Weymouth Bible

For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.
- World English Bible

And he that spekith in tunge, spekith not to men, but to God; for no man herith. But the spirit spekith mysteries.
- Wycliffe Bible

for he who is speaking in an [unknown] tongue -- to men he doth not speak, but to God, for no one doth hearken, and in spirit he doth speak secrets;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:2


14:2 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaks, in effect, not to men, but to God - Who alone understands him.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:2


1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an [unknown] language. Hath the gift of tongues. The tenor of Paul's remarks shows that the Corinthians placed too high a comparative estimate on this gift. In the spirit he speaketh mysteries. Things that are unknown and mysterious to his hearers. Men do not understand him.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14:2

  • when you speak in an unknown tongue,not just a tongue but the tongues of angels you edify yourself,you sanctify yourself..when you speak in tongues your spirit mind becomes active..I bless God that I speak in tongues...keep your good work on ,,,,,,,,,,
  • Randy Brooks for verse 2
    A great teaching keep up the good work and I pray God will richly bless you.
  • Thensia for verse 2
    It is good too have a 'tongue ' to communicate with God in the spirit. There are times when we should subject ourselves in deep conversation which God the spirit helps us pray and intercedes for us. Angels surround us.
  • Aaron Wilson for verse 2
    The KJV translation makes a difference other tongues and unknown tongues for a reason This reason is because when a person first initially recieves the Holy Ghost they speak in other tongues an language understood on earth Once one has recieved this baptism they speak in the unknown tongue because that is unto God The initial sign of others tongues is for the unbeliever as proof that the Holy Ghost is real The unknown tongue is used in praying to God and in the tongues and interpetation and the gift of tongues
  • Glen Waites for verse 2
    I read this version of the bible all the time I think we can learn from the scriptures
  • Speaking in an unknown tongue give you exclusivity with God. Only he can understand you. Therefore, the devil can't interrupt your answer as he did with Daniel.

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