1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14

1Prophecy for its greater tendency to edification is preferred before speaking with tongues. 6Tongues not understood, like indistinct musical sounds, are of no service to the hearers. 12All gifts should be referred to edification. 21Tongues are of use for the conviction of unbelievers; 23but in the assemblies of the church prophecy is more useful. 26Rules for the orderly exercise of spiritual gifts in the church. 34Women are forbidden to speak there. 39An exhortation to use each gift freely, but with decency and order.

1 Follow 1after charity, and 2desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 1For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: 2for no man aunderstandeth him; howbeit 3in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But 1he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to 2edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue 1edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, 1but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, 2except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, 1if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by 2knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, 1whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the asounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the 1trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words aeasy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall 1speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a 1barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 1Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous aof spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that 1he may interpret.

14 For 1if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? 1I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the 1unlearned say 2Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God, 1I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20 Brethren, be 1not children in understanding: howbeit in malice 2be ye children, but in understanding be amen.

21 In the 1law it is written, 2With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

22 Wherefore tongues are for a 1sign, 2not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but 3prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say 1that ye are mad?

24 1But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that 1God is in you of a truth.

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, 1every one of you hath 2a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. 3Let all things be done unto edifying.

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

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

29 1Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the 1first hold his peace.

31 1For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

32 1And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

33 For God is not the author of aconfusion, 1but of peace, as 2in all churches of the saints.

34 1Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

35 And if they will learn any thing, 1let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

36 What? 1came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

37 1If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

38 1But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, 1covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

40 1Let all things be done decently and in order.

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