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

  • 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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