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

  • 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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