1 Corinthians 14:19
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New International Version
But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

New Living Translation
But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.

English Standard Version
Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Berean Study Bible
But in the church, I would rather speak five coherent words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Berean Literal Bible
But in the church, I desire to speak five words with my mind, that also I might instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

New American Standard Bible
however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

King James Bible
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, in order to teach others also, than 10,000 words in another language.

International Standard Version
But in church I would rather speak five words with my mind to instruct others than 10,000 words in a foreign language.

NET Bible
but in the church I want to speak five words with my mind to instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

New Heart English Bible
However in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also, than 10,000 words in languages.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, in order to teach others in church, I would rather say five words that can be understood than ten thousand words in another language.

New American Standard 1977
however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind, that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Jubilee Bible 2000
yet in the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

American King James Version
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

American Standard Version
howbeit in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also; than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
but in [the] assembly I desire to speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also, [rather] than ten thousand words in a tongue.

English Revised Version
howbeit in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown language.

Weymouth New Testament
but in the Church I would rather speak five words with my understanding--so as to instruct others also--than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

World English Bible
However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.

Young's Literal Translation
but in an assembly I wish to speak five words through my understanding, that others also I may instruct, rather than myriads of words in an unknown tongue.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
14:15-25 There can be no assent to prayers that are not understood. A truly Christian minister will seek much more to do spiritual good to men's souls, than to get the greatest applause to himself. This is proving himself the servant of Christ. Children are apt to be struck with novelty; but do not act like them. Christians should be like children, void of guile and malice; yet they should not be unskilful as to the word of righteousness, but only as to the arts of mischief. It is a proof that a people are forsaken of God, when he gives them up to the rule of those who teach them to worship in another language. They can never be benefitted by such teaching. Yet thus the preachers did who delivered their instructions in an unknown tongue. Would it not make Christianity ridiculous to a heathen, to hear the ministers pray or preach in a language which neither he nor the assembly understood? But if those who minister, plainly interpret Scripture, or preach the great truths and rules of the gospel, a heathen or unlearned person might become a convert to Christianity. His conscience might be touched, the secrets of his heart might be revealed to him, and so he might be brought to confess his guilt, and to own that God was present in the assembly. Scripture truth, plainly and duly taught, has a wonderful power to awaken the conscience and touch the heart.
Study Bible
Prophecy and Tongues
18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19But in the church, I would rather speak five coherent words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.…
Cross References
Luke 1:4
so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

1 Corinthians 14:18
I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.
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