1 Corinthians 14:1-7 NIV

Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues

1 Follow the way of love1 and eagerly desire2 spiritual gifts,3 especially the gift of prophecy.4

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      2 For anyone who speaks in a tonguea5 does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him;6 he utters mysteries7 with his spirit.b

      References for 1 Corinthians 14:2

        • a 14:2 - Or "another language"; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27
        • b 14:2 - Or "by the Spirit"
          3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening,8 encouragement9 and comfort.

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              4 He who speaks in a tongue10 edifies11 himself, but he who prophesies12 edifies the church.

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                  5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,c but I would rather have you prophesy.13 He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues,d unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.14

                  References for 1 Corinthians 14:5

                    • c 14:5 - Or "other languages"; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
                    • d 14:5 - Or "other languages"; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
                      6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation15 or knowledge16 or prophecy or word of instruction?17

                      References for 1 Corinthians 14:6

                      7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?