1 Corinthians 14:4
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New International Version
Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

New Living Translation
A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.

English Standard Version
The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.

Berean Study Bible
The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

Berean Literal Bible
The one speaking in a tongue edifies himself, but the one prophesying edifies the church.

New American Standard Bible
One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.

King James Bible
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The person who speaks in another language builds himself up, but he who prophesies builds up the church.

International Standard Version
The person who speaks in a foreign language builds himself up, but the person who prophesies builds up the church.

NET Bible
The one who speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.

New Heart English Bible
He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who speaks in languages builds himself up, and he who prophesies builds the church up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a person speaks in another language, he helps himself grow. But when a person speaks what God has revealed, he helps the church grow.

New American Standard 1977
One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself, but he that prophesies edifies the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}.

King James 2000 Bible
He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

American King James Version
He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

American Standard Version
He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that speaketh in a tongue, edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church.

Darby Bible Translation
He that speaks with a tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies [the] assembly.

English Revised Version
He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that speaketh in an unknown language edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Weymouth New Testament
He who speaks in an unknown tongue does good to himself, but he who prophesies does good to the Church.

World English Bible
He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly.

Young's Literal Translation
he who is speaking in an unknown tongue, himself doth edify, and he who is prophesying, an assembly doth edify;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
14:1-5 Prophesying, that is, explaining Scripture, is compared with speaking with tongues. This drew attention, more than the plain interpretation of Scripture; it gratified pride more, but promoted the purposes of Christian charity less; it would not equally do good to the souls of men. What cannot be understood, never can edify. No advantage can be reaped from the most excellent discourses, if delivered in language such as the hearers cannot speak or understand. Every ability or possession is valuable in proportion to its usefulness. Even fervent, spiritual affection must be governed by the exercise of the understanding, else men will disgrace the truths they profess to promote.
Study Bible
Prophecy and Tongues
3But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, encouragement, and comfort. 4The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5I wish that all of you could speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.…
Cross References
Mark 16:17
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

Romans 14:19
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

1 Corinthians 12:10
to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in various tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:28
And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues.

1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 14:5
I wish that all of you could speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

1 Corinthians 14:12
It is the same with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, strive to excel in gifts that build up the church.

1 Corinthians 14:17
You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other one is not edified.

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

He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

edifieth himself.

1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding …

edifieth the.

1 Corinthians 14:3,18,19 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, …

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