1 Corinthians 14
after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
2For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth
him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5I would that ye all spake with tongues but
rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that
the church may receive edifying.
if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by
knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be
known what is piped or harped?
8For if the
trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what
is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
11Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh
a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
13Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
14For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit
prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
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.
thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks,
seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
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.
not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
21In the law it is written, With 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.
22Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying
serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
23If 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 that ye are mad?
24But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned,
he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God
is in you of a truth.
26How is it then, brethren?
when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation.
Let all things be done unto edifying.
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.
28But if there be no interpreter, let him
keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
29Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31For ye may all prophesy one by one, that
all may learn, and all may be comforted.
the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34Let 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.
if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
36What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
37If 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.
38But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40Let all things be done decently and in order.