1 Corinthians 14:9

“So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So likewise you, except ye vtter by the tongue words easie to be vnderstood, how shall it be knowen what is spoken? for ye shall speake into the aire.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue speech easy to understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So if you, in using a strange tongue, say words which have no sense, how will anyone take in what you are saying? for you will be talking to the air.
- Basic English Bible

Thus also *ye* with the tongue, unless ye give a distinct speech, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking to the air.
- Darby Bible

So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will speak into the air.
- Webster's Bible

And so with you; if with the living voice you fail to utter intelligible words, how will people know what you are saying? You will be talking to the winds.
- Weymouth Bible

So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air.
- World English Bible

So but ye yyuen an opyn word bi tunge, hou schal that that is seid be knowun? For ye schulen be spekynge in veyn.
- Wycliffe Bible

so also ye, if through the tongue, speech easily understood ye may not give -- how shall that which is spoken be known? for ye shall be speaking to air.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:9


14:9 Unless ye utter by the tongue - Which is miraculously given you. Words easy to be understood - By your hearers. Ye will speak to the air - A proverbial expression. Will utterly lose your labour.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:9


1Co 14:9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue, etc. It is only speech to the air, unless there is the distinction of intelligible words.

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