[1] FOLLOW after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.[2] For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God; for no man understandeth;〖Gr. heareth.〗 but in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.[3] But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation,〖Or, comfort.〗 and consolation.[4] He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth〖Gr. buildeth up.〗 himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth〖Gr. buildeth up.〗 the church.[5] Now I would have you all speak with tongues, but rather that ye should prophesy: and greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.[6] But now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching?[7] Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp,if they give not a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?[8] For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?[9] So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue speech easy to be understood, 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 no〖Or, nothing is without voice.〗 kind is without signification.[11] If then I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be to him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh will be a barbarian unto〖Or, in my case.〗 me.[12] So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual〖Gr. spirits.〗 gifts, seek that ye may abound unto the edifying of the church.[13] Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he may 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 with the spirit, how shall he that filleth the place of the〖Or, him that is without gifts: and so in ver. 23, 24.〗 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 edified.〖Gr. builded up.〗[18] I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all:[19] Howbeit in the church I had 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 mind: yet in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men.〖Gr. of full age, Comp. ch. 2. 6.〗[21] In the law it is written, By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers will I speak unto this people; and not even thus will they hear me, saith the Lord.[22] Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to the unbelieving: but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to them that believe.[23] If therefore the whole church be assembled together and all speak with tongues, and there come in men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are mad?[24] But if all prophesy, and there come in one unbelieving or unlearned, he is reproved〖Or, convicted.〗 by all, he is judged by all;[25] the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among〖Or, in.〗 you indeed.

[26] What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.[27] If any man speaketh in a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and that in turn; 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] And let the prophets speak by two or three, and let the others discern.〖Gr. discriminate.〗[30] But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first keep silence.[31] For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted;〖Or, comforted.〗[32] and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the 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 keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto 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 shameful for a woman to speak in the church.[36] What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone?

[37] If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.[38] But〖Many ancient authorities read But if any man knoweth not, he is not known. Comp. ch. 8. 3.〗 if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

[39] Wherefore, 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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