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1 Corinthians 14:14

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

Read 1 Corinthians 14:14 Using Other Translations

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying.

What does 1 Corinthians 14:14 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Corinthians 14:14

For if I pray in an unknown tongue
In the Hebrew tongue, which the greatest part of the Jewish doctors insisted F1 upon should be only used in prayer; which notion might be borrowed from them, and now greatly prevailed in the church at Corinth; and the custom was used by such as had the gift of speaking that language, even though the body and bulk of the people understood it not:

my spirit prayeth;
I pray with my breath vocally; or else with affection and devotion, understanding what I say myself, and so am edified; or rather with the gift of the Spirit bestowed on me:

but my understanding is unfruitful;
that is, what I say with understanding to myself is unprofitable to others, not being understood by them.


F1 Vid. Trigland. de Sect. Kar. c. 10. p. 172, 173.
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