Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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 Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy. 2 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. 3 But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.


Cross References

1 Corinthians 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

Mark 16:17

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;

Acts 10:46

For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

Acts 19:6

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.

Genesis 11:7

Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Genesis 42:23

And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spoke unto them by an interpreter.

Deuteronomy 28:49

The LORD shall bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand;

Psalm 49:3-4

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Psalm 78:2

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Matthew 13:11

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mark 4:11

And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are outside, all these things are done in parables:

Acts 2:4-11

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 22:9

And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me.

Romans 16:25

Now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

1 Corinthians 2:7

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Corinthians 2:10

But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 14:9-11

So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for you shall speak into the air.

1 Corinthians 14:16

Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the place of the unlearned say Amen at your giving of thanks, seeing he understands not what you said?

1 Corinthians 14:18-23

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all:

1 Corinthians 14:27-28

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that in turn; and let one interpret.

1 Corinthians 15:51

Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Ephesians 3:3-9

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words,

Ephesians 6:19

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Colossians 1:26-27

Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Colossians 2:2

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

1 Timothy 3:9

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

1 Timothy 3:16

And without doubt great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Revelation 10:7

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets.

2 Kings 18:26

Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rab-shakeh, Speak, I pray you, to your servants in the Aramaic language; for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews' language in the ears of the people that are on the wall.

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