1 Corinthians 14:13
New International Version
For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.

New Living Translation
So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said.

English Standard Version
Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore, the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore he who speaks in a tongue, let him pray that he might interpret.

King James Bible
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

New King James Version
Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue is to pray that he may interpret.

NASB 1995
Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

NASB 1977
Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

Amplified Bible
Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may [be gifted to] translate or explain [what he says].

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore the person who speaks in a tongue should pray that he can interpret.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore the person who speaks in another language should pray that he can interpret.

American Standard Version
Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he who speaks in languages, let him pray to translate.

Contemporary English Version
When we speak languages that others don't know, we should pray for the power to explain what we mean.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And therefore he that speaketh by a tongue, let him pray that he may interpret.

English Revised Version
Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

Good News Translation
The person who speaks in strange tongues, then, must pray for the gift to explain what is said.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the person who speaks in another language should pray for an interpretation of what he says.

International Standard Version
Therefore, the person who speaks in a foreign language should pray for the ability to interpret it.

Literal Standard Version
for this reason he who is speaking in an [unknown] tongue—let him pray that he may interpret;

NET Bible
So then, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore let a man who has the gift of tongues pray for the power of interpreting them.

World English Bible
Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret.

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore he who is speaking in an unknown tongue -- let him pray that he may interpret;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Prophecy and Tongues
12It is the same with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, strive to excel in gifts that build up the church. 13Therefore, the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.…

Cross References
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 14:14
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 14:26
What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a psalm or a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All of these must be done to build up the church.

1 Corinthians 14:27
If anyone speaks in a tongue, two, or at most three, should speak in turn, and someone must interpret.


Treasury of Scripture

Why let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

pray.

1 Corinthians 14:27,28
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret…

1 Corinthians 12:10,30
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: …

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.









(13) In an unknown tongue.--Better, in a tongue. The gift of interpretation would make the gift of tongues useful for the edifying of the Church. This would be an object of unselfish prayer, which God would indeed answer. In the Greek it is suggested that the gift of interpretation is not only to be the object of his prayer, but that it will be the result; and this leads on to the thought in the next verse.

Verse 13. - Pray that he may interpret; either, so pray as to be able to interpret, or, pray with the object of afterwards interpreting. The meaning, "pray to have the power of interpretation given him," seems excluded by the next verse.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Therefore,
Διὸ (Dio)
Conjunction
Strong's 1352: Wherefore, on which account, therefore. From dia and hos; through which thing, i.e. Consequently.

the [one who]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

speaks
λαλῶν (lalōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

in a tongue
γλώσσῃ (glōssē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1100: The tongue; by implication, a language.

should pray
προσευχέσθω (proseuchesthō)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

he may interpret.
διερμηνεύῃ (diermēneuē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1329: To translate, interpret, explain. From dia and hermeneuo; to explain thoroughly, by implication, to translate.


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