1 Corinthians 14:10
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New International Version
Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.

New Living Translation
There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning.

English Standard Version
There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,

New American Standard Bible
There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.

King James Bible
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There are doubtless many different kinds of languages in the world, and all have meaning.

International Standard Version
There are, I suppose, many different languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.

NET Bible
There are probably many kinds of languages in the world, and none is without meaning.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For behold, there are many kinds of languages in the world, and there is not one of them without sound.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No matter how many different languages there are in the world, not one of them is without meaning.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There are many kinds of distinct voices in the world, and nothing is dumb.

King James 2000 Bible
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without meaning.

American King James Version
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

American Standard Version
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and no kind is without signification.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There are, for example, so many kinds of tongues in this world; and none is without voice.

Darby Bible Translation
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of undistinguishable sound.

English Revised Version
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and no kind is without signification.

Webster's Bible Translation
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

Weymouth New Testament
There are, we will suppose, a great number of languages in the world, and no creature is without a language.

World English Bible
There are, it may be, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them is without meaning.

Young's Literal Translation
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is unmeaning,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:6-14 Even an apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understood by his hearers. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hear them, is but speaking into the air. That cannot answer the end of speaking, which has no meaning; in this case, speaker and hearers are barbarians to each other. All religious services should be so performed in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them. Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. Every true follower of Christ will rather desire to do good to others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - It may be. A mere expression of uncertainty as to the exact number (comp. 1 Corinthians 15:37). It is one of the very few instances where even the verb which implies "chance" is recognized. The word "chance" itself (τυχὴ) does not occur in the New Testament. So many kinds of voices. This does not seem to mean "so many languages." The Jews always asserted that the languages, of the world were seventy in number. It seems to mean "classes of expressive sounds." None of them is without signification. The words rendered "without signification," literally mean dumb. The meaning must either be that "nothing - no creature - is dumb," or that "every class of sounds has its own distinct meaning."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices,.... "tongues", or "languages", as the Syriac version renders it; that is, as many as there are nations in the world; there may be seventy of them, as the Jews say there were at the confusion of languages at Babel; there may be more or less:

and none of them is without signification: every language, and every word in a language, has a meaning in it, an idea annexed to it, which it conveys to him that understands it, and that cannot be done without a voice ordinarily speaking.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. it may be—that is, perhaps, speaking by conjecture. "It may chance" (1Co 15:37).

so many—as may be enumerated by investigators of such matters. Compare "so much," used generally for a definite number left undefined (Ac 5:8; also 2Sa 12:8).

kinds of voices—kinds of articulate speech.

without signification—without articulate voice (that is, distinct meaning). None is without its own voice, or mode of speech, distinct from the rest.

1 Corinthians 14:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prophecy and Tongues
9So 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. 10There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning. 11If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.…
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1 Corinthians 14:9
So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.

1 Corinthians 14:11
If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me.
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