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.

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

New King James Version
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

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

NASB 1995
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

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

Amplified Bible
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive [because it does not understand what my spirit is praying].

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if I pray in another language, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
for if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prays, and my understanding is unfruitful.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

if
ἐὰν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's 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 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 1100: The tongue; by implication, a language.

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

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

prays,
προσεύχεται (proseuchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative 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.

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

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

mind
νοῦς (nous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 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 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 175: Unfruitful, barren, profitless. Barren.


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