Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1Run after love and be zealous for the gifts of The Spirit, but especially that you may prophesy. 2For whoever speaks in languages does not speak to men, but he is speaking to God, for no man understands what he speaks, but by The Spirit he speaks mysteries. 3But he who prophesies speaks edification, encouragement and comfort to children of men. 4He who speaks in languages builds himself up, and he who prophesies builds the church up. 5I wish that all of you might speak in languages, but all the more that you may prophesy, for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in languages, unless he translates; but if he translates, he edifies the church.
6And now my brethren, if I come to you and speak languages with you, what do I benefit you, unless I shall speak with you either by revelation or knowledge or by prophecy or by teaching? 7For even inanimate things which give sound, whether a flute or harp, if they make no distinction between one tone and another, how will anything that is played or anything that is harped be known? 8For if a trumpet make a sound which is not distinct, who will be prepared for battle? 9So you also, if you will say words in languages and you will not translate, how will anything be known that you say, for you yourselves will be as one who is speaking to the air. 10For behold, there are many kinds of languages* in the world, and there is not one of them without sound. 11And if I do not know the import of the sound, I am a foreigner to him who speaks, and also he who speaks is a foreigner to me. 12So also you, because you are zealous of the gifts of The Spirit, seek to excel for the edification of the church.
13And he who speaks in languages, let him pray to translate. 14For if I should pray in languages, my spirit is praying, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15What therefore shall I do? I shall pray with my spirit, and I shall pray also with my understanding. I shall sing with my spirit, and I shall sing also with my understanding. 16Otherwise, if you say a blessing in The Spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say "amen" for your giving of thanks, because he does not know what you said? 17For you bless well, but your neighbor is not edified. 18I thank God that I am speaking in languages more than all of you, 19But in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also, than ten thousand words in languages.
20My brethren, do not be children in your intellects, but be infants in evil and be fully mature in your intellects. 21It is written in the law, "With foreign speech and with another language I shall speak with this people, and not even in this way will they hear me, says THE LORD JEHOVAH." 22So then languages are established for a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers, but prophecy is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe. 23If therefore it should happen that the whole church assembles and everyone would speak in languages, and the uninitiated or those who are unbelievers should enter, would they not say that such have gone insane? 24But if all of you would prophesy and the unlearned or an unbeliever should enter, he is searched out by all of you and he is reproved by all of you. 25And the secrets of his heart are revealed and then he will fall on his face and worship God and he will say, "Truly, God is in you."
26I say therefore, my brethren, that whenever you gather, whoever among you has a Psalm, let him speak, or whoever has a teaching, or whoever has a revelation, or whoever has a language, or whoever has a translation, let all things be done for edification. 27And if any speak in languages, let two speak, or as many as three, and let each one speak and let one translate. 28And if there is no translator, let him who speaks in a language be silent in the church and let him speak to himself and to God. 29But let two or three Prophets speak and the others discern. 30And if something is revealed to another while the first is sitting, let him be quiet. 31For you can all prophesy one by one, that each person may teach and everyone may be comforted. 32For the spirit of the Prophet is subject to the Prophet, 33Because God is not chaotic, but peaceful, as in all the assemblies of The Holy Ones.
34Let your women be silent in the assemblies, for they are not allowed to speak, but to be in subjection, just as The Written Law also says. 35And if they wish to learn anything, let them ask their husbands in their homes, for it is a shame for women to speak in the assembly. 36Or did the word of God come forth from you, or does it come unto you alone?