Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

For the person who speaks in a foreign language is not actually speaking to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands him, because he is talking about secrets by the Spirit.

New American Standard Bible

For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

For the person who speaks in another language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.

A Conservative Version

For he who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God, for no man hears, but in spirit he speaks mysteries.

American Standard Version

For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God; for no man understandeth; but in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Amplified

For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].

An Understandable Version

For the person who speaks in a language [supernaturally] does not speak to people, but to God, for no one can understand him [i.e., unless there is an interpreter or it is the person's native language]; he speaks [previously] unrevealed truths under the influence of the Holy Spirit [or "in his spirit"]. [Note: For a correct understanding of this chapter, it must be kept in mind that Paul is addressing a misuse ofthe gift of speaking in languages supernaturally. The Corinthians were doing this in the wrong way and for the wrong purpose].

Anderson New Testament

For he that speaks in an unknown tongue, speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands him: but yet in spirit he speaks mysteries.

Bible in Basic English

For he who makes use of tongues is not talking to men but to God; because no one has the sense of what he is saying; but in the Spirit he is talking of secret things.

Common New Testament

For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands him, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.

Daniel Mace New Testament

for he that speaks in an unknown tongue, speaks not to men, but to God: for no man can understand the mysteries he delivers by the spirit.

Darby Translation

For he that speaks with a tongue does not speak to men but to God: for no one hears; but in spirit he speaks mysteries.

Godbey New Testament

For the one speaking with a tongue speaks not to men, but to God; for no one hears him; but he speaks mysteries in the spirit:

Goodspeed New Testament

For anyone who speaks ecstatically is speaking not to men but to God, for no one can understand him, though he is uttering secret truths.

John Wesley New Testament

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue, speaketh not to men, but to God; for no one understandeth him, though by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries:

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God, for no one understands him, even though by the Spirit he speaks mysteries.

Julia Smith Translation

For he speaking in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God: (for none hears; and in the spirit he speaks mysteries.)

King James 2000

For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; but in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, because no one understands, but by the Spirit he speaks mysteries.

Modern King James verseion

For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. For no one hears, but in spirit he speaks mysteries.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For he that speaketh with tongues speaketh not unto men, but unto God. For no man heareth him: Howbeit, in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Moffatt New Testament

For he who speaks in a 'tongue' addresses God not men; no one understands him; he is talking of divine secrets in the Spirit.

Montgomery New Testament

For he who speaks in a "tongue" speaks not to man but to God, for no one understands him, but in the Spirit he utters secret truths.

NET Bible

For the one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit.

New Heart English Bible

For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.

Noyes New Testament

For he that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue speaketh not to men, but to God; for no one heareth; but in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries;

Sawyer New Testament

For he that speaks with a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but in spirit he speaks mysteries;

The Emphasized Bible

For, he that speaketh with a tongue, not unto men, doth speak, but, unto God, - for, no one, understandeth, although, in spirit, he is speaking sacred secrets;

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue, speaketh not to men, but to God: for no man understandeth him; although in spirit he speaketh mysterious truths.

Twentieth Century New Testament

He who, when speaking, uses the gift of 'tongues' is speaking, not to men, but to God, for no one understands him; yet in spirit he is speaking of hidden truths.

Webster

For he that speaketh in an unknown language, speaketh not to men, but to God: for no man understandeth him; yet in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Weymouth New Testament

For he who speaks in an unknown tongue is not speaking to men, but to God; for no one understands him. Yet in the Spirit he is speaking secret truths.

Williams New Testament

For whoever speaks in ecstasy is speaking not to men but to God, for no one understands him, and yet by the Spirit he is speaking secret truths.

World English Bible

For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.

Worrell New Testament

For he that speaks in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Worsley New Testament

For he, that speaketh in an unknown tongue, speaketh not to men, but to God: for no one understandeth, though in spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Youngs Literal Translation

for he who is speaking in an unknown tongue -- to men he doth not speak, but to God, for no one doth hearken, and in spirit he doth speak secrets;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

he that

which, who, the things, the son,
Usage: 0

λαλέω 
Laleo 
λαλέω 
Laleo 
Usage: 235
Usage: 235

in an
γλῶσσα 
Glossa 
Usage: 48

γλῶσσα 
Glossa 
Usage: 48

not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

ἄνθρωπος 
Anthropos 
man, not tr,
Usage: 316

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

θεός 
theos 
Usage: 1151

for
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

no
οὐδείς 
Oudeis 
Usage: 160

ἀκούω 
Akouo 
Usage: 313

δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

in the spirit
πνεῦμα 
Pneuma 
Usage: 334

λαλέω 
Laleo 
Usage: 235

Context Readings

Appropriate Use Of Prophecy And Tongues

1 Keep on pursuing love, and keep on desiring spiritual gifts, especially the ability to prophesy. 2 For the person who speaks in a foreign language is not actually speaking to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands him, because he is talking about secrets by the Spirit. 3 But the person who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding, encouragement, and comfort.


Cross References

1 Corinthians 13:2

If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing.

Mark 16:17

These are the signs that will accompany those who believe: In my name they'll drive out demons, they'll speak in new languages,

Acts 10:46

because they heard them speaking in foreign languages and praising God. Then Peter said,

Acts 19:6

When Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in foreign languages and to prophesy.

Genesis 11:7

Come on! Let's go down there and confuse their language, so that they won't understand each other's speech."

Genesis 42:23

Meanwhile, they had no idea that Joseph could understand them, since he was talking to them through an interpreter.

Deuteronomy 28:49

"The LORD will raise a distant nation against you from the other side of the earth. Swooping down like a vulture,

Psalm 49:3-4

My mouth will speak wisely, and I will understand what I think about.

Psalm 78:2

I will tell a parable, speaking riddles from long ago

Matthew 13:11

He answered them, "You have been given knowledge about the secrets of the kingdom from heaven, but it hasn't been given to them,

Mark 4:11

He told them, "The secret about the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything comes in parables

Acts 2:4-11

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign languages as the Spirit gave them that ability.

Acts 22:9

"He told me, "I'm Jesus from Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.' The men who were with me saw the light but didn't understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me.

Romans 16:25

Now to the one who is able to strengthen you with my gospel and the message that I preach about Jesus, the Messiah, by revealing the secret that was kept hidden from long ago

1 Corinthians 2:7

Instead, we speak about God's wisdom in a hidden secret, which God destined before the world began for our glory.

1 Corinthians 2:10

But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 14:9-11

In the same way, unless you speak an intelligible message with your language, how will anyone know what is being said? You'll be talking into the air!

1 Corinthians 14:16

Otherwise, if you say a blessing with your spirit, how can an otherwise uneducated person say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you're saying?

1 Corinthians 14:18-23

I thank God that I speak in foreign languages more than all of you.

1 Corinthians 14:27-28

If anyone speaks in a foreign language, only two or three at the most should do so, one at a time, and somebody must interpret.

1 Corinthians 15:51

Let me tell you a secret. Not all of us will die, but all of us will be changed

Ephesians 3:3-9

and how this secret was made known to me through a revelation, just as I wrote about briefly in the past.

Ephesians 6:19

Pray also for me, so that, when I begin to speak, the right words will come to me. Then I will boldly make known the secret of the gospel,

Colossians 1:26-27

This secret was hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints,

Colossians 2:2

Because they are united in love, I pray that their hearts may be encouraged by all the riches that come from a complete understanding of the full knowledge of the Messiah, who is the mystery of God.

1 Timothy 3:9

They must hold firmly to the secret of the faith with clear consciences.

1 Timothy 3:16

By common confession, the secret of our godly worship is great: In flesh was he revealed to sight, kept righteous by the Spirit's might, adored by angels singing. To nations was he manifest, believing souls found peace and rest, our Lord in heaven reigning!

Revelation 10:7

When the time approaches for the seventh angel to blow his trumpet, God's secret plan will be fulfilled, as he had announced to his servants, the prophets."

2 Kings 18:26

At this, Hilkiah's son Eliakim, Shebnah, and Joah asked Rab-shakeh, "Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, because we understand it, but don't speak the language of Judah to us within the hearing of the people who are on the wall."

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