1 Corinthians 14
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Prophecy and Tongues

1Pursue love, yet earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one [†]understands, but [†]in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 3But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and encouragement. 4One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. 5But I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy. And greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he [†]translates, so that the church may receive edification.

6But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching? 7Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? 8For if the trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 9So also you, unless you utter by the tongue a word that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. 10There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of sounds in the world, and none is without meaning. 11If then I do not know the meaning of the sound, I will be to the one who speaks a [†]barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a [†]barbarian [†]to me. 12So also you, since you are zealous for [†]spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

13Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may [†]translate. 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 16Otherwise if you bless [†]in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the [†]uninformed say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified. 18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all; 19however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20Brothers, do not be children in your thinking; rather in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 21In the Law it is written, “BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME,” says the [†]Lord. 22So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign not to unbelievers but to those who believe. 23Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and [†]uninformed men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an [†]uninformed man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 25the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that SURELY GOD IS AMONG YOU.

Orderly Worship

26What is the outcome then, brothers? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has a [†]translation. Let all things be done for edification. 27If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must [†]translate; 28but if there is no [†]translator, he must keep silent in the church, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29And let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment. 30But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent. 31For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted. 32And the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 33for God is not a God of confusion but of [†]peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

34The women are to keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. 35But if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. 36[†]Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it arrived to you only?

37If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment. 38But if anyone remains ignorant about this, he [†]is ignored by God.

39Therefore, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. 40But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.

2 Lit hears
2 Or by the Spirit
5 Or interprets
11 Or foreigner
11 Or foreigner
11 Or in my estimation
12 Lit spirits
13 Or interpret
16 Or with the
16 Unversed in spiritual gifts
21 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Is 28:13
23 v 16, note 2
24 v 16, note 2
26 Or an interpretation
27 Or interpret
28 Or interpreter
33 Or peace. As in all...saints, let
36 Lit Or was
38 Two early mss is not to be recognized

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