I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.1
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Brothers, stop thinking like children.2 In regard to evil be infants,3 but in your thinking be adults.
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In the Law4 it is written: "Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me,"5 says the Lord.
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Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy,6 however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
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So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?7
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But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all,
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and the secrets8 of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"9
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What then shall we say, brothers?10 When you come together, everyone11 has a hymn,12 or a word of instruction,13 a revelation, a tongue14 or an interpretation.15 All of these must be done for the strengthening16 of the church.
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If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.
If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.