1 Corinthians 14:14
New International Version
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

New Living Translation
For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don't understand what I am saying.

English Standard Version
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

Berean Study Bible
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

Berean Literal Bible
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

New American Standard Bible
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

King James Bible
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Christian Standard Bible
For if I pray in another tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Contemporary English Version
For example, if I use an unknown language in my prayers, my spirit prays but my mind is useless.

Good News Translation
For if I pray in this way, my spirit prays indeed, but my mind has no part in it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

International Standard Version
For if I pray in a foreign language, my spirit prays but my mind is not productive.

NET Bible
If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive.

New Heart English Bible
For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if I should pray in languages, my spirit is praying, but my understanding is unfruitful.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my mind is not productive.

New American Standard 1977
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

King James 2000 Bible
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

American King James Version
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

American Standard Version
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is without fruit.

Darby Bible Translation
For if I pray with a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

English Revised Version
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if I pray in an unknown language, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Weymouth New Testament
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is barren.

World English Bible
For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Young's Literal Translation
for if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit doth pray, and my understanding is unfruitful.
Study Bible
Prophecy and Tongues
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. 15What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:13
Therefore, the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.

1 Corinthians 14:15
What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.

Treasury of Scripture

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

my spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:2,15,16,19
For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries…

but.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

if
ἐὰν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

I pray
προσεύχωμαι (proseuchōmai)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Middle or Passive - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

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

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

spirit
πνεῦμά (pneuma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

prays,
προσεύχεται (proseuchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

mind
νοῦς (nous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3563: Probably from the base of ginosko; the intellect, i.e. Mind; by implication, meaning.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

unfruitful.
ἄκαρπός (akarpos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 175: Unfruitful, barren, profitless. Barren.
(14) For if I pray in an unknown tongue.--Better, if I pray in a tongue. 1Corinthians 14:14-19 are expressed in the first person (except 1Corinthians 14:16-17, which are a parenthesis), as enforcing the Apostle's own example. A man praying in a tongue needed the gift of interpretation. The emotions of his spirit, kindled by the Spirit of God, found utterance in a "tongue," the gift of the Spirit of God; but his intellectual faculty grasped no definite idea, and could not, therefore, formulate it into human language; therefore the prayer which is offered merely in a tongue, from the spirit and not from the understanding, is useless as regards others. The Apostle is here speaking of public worship (see 1Corinthians 14:16), and not of private devotion; and the word "fruitless" implies the result, or rather the absence of result, as regards others.

Verse 14. - My understanding is unfruitful. I am only aware that I am praying. I have no definite consciousness as to what I say. 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.
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