1 Corinthians 14:9
Good News Translation
In the same way, how will anyone understand what you are talking about if your message given in strange tongues is not clear? Your words will vanish in the air!

Contemporary English Version
This is how it is when you speak unknown languages. If no one can understand what you are talking about, you will only be talking to the wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue plain speech, how shall it be known what is said? For you shall be speaking into the air.

New American Bible
Similarly, if you, because of speaking in tongues, do not utter intelligible speech, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be talking to the air.

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So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue plain speech, how shall it be known what is said? For you shall be speaking into the air.

easy.

1 Corinthians 14:19 But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also: than ten thousand words in a tongue.

for.

1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air.

Context
Prophecy and Tongues
8For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 9So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue plain speech, how shall it be known what is said? For you shall be speaking into the air. 10There are, for example, so many kinds of tongues in this world: and none is without voice.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:26
I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air.

1 Corinthians 14:10
There are, for example, so many kinds of tongues in this world: and none is without voice.

Additional Translations
So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.

So also you, unless you give intelligible speech with the tongue, how will it be known what is being spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

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.

So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue speech easy to understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air.

Thus also ye with the tongue, unless ye give a distinct speech, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking to the air.

So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue speech easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air.

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

And so with you; if with the living voice you fail to utter intelligible words, how will people know what you are saying? You will be talking to the winds.

So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air.

so also ye, if through the tongue, speech easily understood ye may not give -- how shall that which is spoken be known? for ye shall be speaking to air.
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