13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.

Other Translations of 1 Corinthians 14:13

King James Version

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

English Standard Version

13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.

The Message

13 So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don't hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy.

New King James Version

13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

New Living Translation

13 So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:13

Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:6-14

(Read 1 Corinthians 14:6-14)

Even an apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understood by his hearers. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hear them, is but speaking into the air. That cannot answer the end of speaking, which has no meaning; in this case, speaker and hearers are barbarians to each other. All religious services should be so performed in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them. Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. Every true follower of Christ will rather desire to do good to others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking.