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1 Corinthians 14:18

    1 Corinthians 14:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I give praise to God that I am able to make use of tongues more than you all:

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:18

    I speak with tongues more than ye all - He understood more languages than any of them did: and this was indispensably necessary, as he was the apostle of the Gentiles in general, and had to preach to different provinces where different dialects, if not languages, were used. In the Hebrew, Syriac, Greek, and Latin, he was undoubtedly well skilled from his education; and how many he might understand by miraculous gift we cannot tell. But, even literally understood, it is very probable that he knew more languages than any man in the Church of Corinth.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 14:18

    I thank my God - Paul here shows that he did not undervalue or despise the power of speaking foreign languages. It was with him a subject of thanksgiving that he could speak so many; but he felt that there were more valuable endowments than this; see the next verse.

    With tongues more than ye all - I am able to speak more foreign languages than all of you. "How many" languages Paul could speak, he has no where told us. It is reasonable, however, to presume that he was able to speak the language of any people to whom God in his providence, and by his Spirit, called him to preach. He had been commissioned to preach to the "Gentiles," and it is probable that he was able to speak the languages of all the nations among whom he ever traveled. There is no account of his being under a necessity of employing an interpreter wherever he preached.