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The one speaking in a tongue is edifying himself [a], but the one prophesying is edifying the church. And I wish[b] that you all were speaking in tongues, but even-more[c] that you might be prophesying. But[d] the one prophesying is greater[e] than one speaking in tongues— unless[f] he interprets in order that the church may receive edification.

Speaking In Tongues Is Just Speaking Into The Air Unless It Is Understood

But now[g], brothers, if I come to you speaking[h] in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either[i] by[j] a revelation or by knowledge or by a prophecy or by a teaching?

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  1. 1 Corinthians 14:4 That is, because God is speaking through him, not because he understands.
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:5 That is, wish in theory (as this word is used in 7:7), since neither is possible, 12:11, 18, 30; or, wish it to truly happen.
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or, rather. Same phrase as in v 1.
  4. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or, And, Now.
  5. 1 Corinthians 14:5 That is, in ability to edify the church.
  6. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Lit, except unless. That is, with this exception, unless. The interpretation is equivalent to prophecy in edification value.
  7. 1 Corinthians 14:6 Or, But as-it-is.
  8. 1 Corinthians 14:6 That is, as a tongues-speaker; or, as actually addressing you.
  9. 1 Corinthians 14:6 That is, by one of these other gifts; or, by an interpretation of my tongues so as to yield one of these benefits.
  10. 1 Corinthians 14:6 Or, with, in.