1 CorinthiansChapter 14

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1 Follow after :love; yet desire earnestly the spirituals, but rather that ye prophesy. 2 For who speaketh in a tongue speaketh not to men, but to God; for no one heareth; but in spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But who prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation. 4 Who speaketh in a tongue buildeth up himself; but who prophesieth buildeth up the church. 5 Now I would you all to speak in tongues, but rather that ye prophesy: and greater he that prophesieth than who speaketh in tongues, except he interpret, that the church receive edification. 6 But now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking in tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either by revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophecy, or of teaching? 7 Even the things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they give no distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 8 For if also the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war? 9 So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue distinct speech, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and nothing is voiceless. 11 If then I know not the force of the voice, I shall be to him that speaketh a barbarian, and who speaketh will be a barbarian in my mind. 12 So ye also, since ye are zealots for spirits, seek that ye may abound unto the edification of the church. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my :spirit prayeth, but my :understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I 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 if thou bless in spirit, how shall who filleth the place of the unlearned say the Amen at thy :giving of thanks, seeing he knoweth not what thou sayest? 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not built up. 18 I thank :God, I speak with a tongue more than you all: 19 but in church I would rather speak five words with my :understanding that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brethren, be not children in your :minds, but in :malice be babes; in your :minds however be perfect. 21 In the law it is written, [that] By strange-tongued and by lips of strangers will I speak to this :people; and not even thus will they hearken to me, saith the Lord. 22 So that the tongues are for a sign, not to the believing, but to the unbelieving: but prophecy is not to the unbelieving, but to the believing. 23 If therefore the whole church come together in meeting and all should speak with tongues, and men ungifted or unbelieving come in, will they not say that ye are mad? 24 But if all prophesy, and one unbelieving or ungifted come in, he is †reproved by all, judged by all; 25 the secrets of his :heart have become manifest; and so he will fall on his face and worship :God, declaring that :God is among you indeed. 26 What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be unto edifying. 27 If any speaketh in a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret: 28 but if there be no interpreter, let him be silent in church; and let him speak to himself, and to :God. 29 And let prophets speak by two or three, and let the others discern. 30 But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first be silent. 31 For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted; 32 (and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 33 for :God is not a God of confusion, but of peace), as in all the churches of the saints.

34 Let the women be silent in the churches: for it is not permitted to them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. 35 And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in church. 36 What, is it from you that the word of :God went forth, or came it unto you alone? 37 If any thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of what things I write you, that it is the Lord’s commandment. 38 But if any is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 So then, my brethren, †desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 But let all things be done decently and in order.

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