1 Corinthians 14:1-10 NIV

Intelligibility in Worship

1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

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      2 For anyone who speaks in a tonguea does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.

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        • ˆ 14:2 - Or "in another language" ; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27
          3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

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              4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

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                  5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,b but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,c unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

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                    • ‰ 14:5 - Or "in other languages" ; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
                    • Š 14:5 - Or "in other languages" ; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
                      6 Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?

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                      7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?
                      8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

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                      9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.
                      10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.