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

  • A disciple
    "Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks shall be a barbarian unto me." The Lord gave four examples of the kinds of hearts men have with respect to hearing and receiving His Word. The examples all came out of the individuals' own making of what kind they would be; for God's will is clearly for ALL of them to have been saved.
  • A disciple
    Wayne; God commanded the woman to be under obedience and subjection to her husband in Genesis 3:15 directly after pronouncing to the serpent his eternal condemnation and the breaking of his head by the coming of Christ. The Western Churches are in disobedience to this Word because of rebellious worldly influences and thinking they're above such things, thus opening the door to more and more evil.
  • Steve morrow
    5:43 I AM COME IN MY FATHERS NAME AND --- YOU RECEIVE ME NOT --- IF ANOTHER SHALL COME IN HIS OWN NAME HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE JOHN 14:15 ---IF YOU LOVE ME---KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS 1 CORINTHIANS 16:22 IF ANY MAN LOVE NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LET HIM BE ANATHEMA MARANATHA ACTS 20:30 ALSO OF YOUR OWN SELVES SHALL MEN ARISE SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS TO DRAW AWAY DISCIPLES AFTER THEM
  • A disciple
    The Law for the women to keep silence and be obedient was commanded by the LORD God in Eden because of the woman's being beguiled by the devil. All things decently and in order, is the right way for Christians to conduct themselves; both at home and their usual surroundings, and in Assembly. Most all of the Western Churches however have abandoned modesty and orderly conduct for worldly influences.
  • Wayne
    Had a woman preacher in a church on west coast who lead the congregation for 20 years. Highly respected and loved by all.
  • Ann
    I have heard pastors say, women are to be kept silent in church, women should are not to preach in churches.

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