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1 Corinthians 14:4

4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

Read 1 Corinthians 14:4 Using Other Translations

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.

What does 1 Corinthians 14:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Corinthians 14:4

He that speaketh its an unknown tongue
Be it the Hebrew language, or any other; some copies, and the Ethiopic version, read, "with tongues":

edifieth himself;
his heart may be warmed, his affections raised, his devotion kept up, and he be in a very spiritual and comfortable frame, knowing and understanding what he himself says:

but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church:
which is the great end of the Gospel ministry, which is for the edifying the body of the church: wherefore that which tends to the edification of more, even the whole church, must be preferable to that, which at most can only edify one, and that the speaker himself.

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