1Follow after charity,anddesirespiritual gifts, butratherthat ye may prophesy .
2For he that speaketh in an unknown tonguespeakethnot unto men,but unto God:for no manunderstandetha him; howbeit in the spirit he speakethmysteries.3But he that prophesiethspeaketh unto men to edification,andexhortation,andcomfort.4
He that speaketh in an unknown tongueedifiethhimself;but he that prophesiethedifieth the church.5Iwould that yeallspake with tongues,butratherthat ye prophesied : forgreater is he that prophesieththan he that speaketh with tongues,exceptheinterpret , that the church may receiveedifying.6Now,brethren,if I comeuntoyouspeaking with tongues,what shall I profityou,except I shall speak to youeitherbyrevelation,orbyknowledge,orbyprophesying,orbydoctrine?7
And even things without lifegivingsound,whetherpipeorharp,except they give a distinction in the sounds,bhow shall it be known what is pipedorharped ?
8Forif the trumpetgive an uncertainsound,who shall prepare himselfto the battle?9Solikewiseye,except ye utterby the tonguewords easy to be understood,how shall it be known what is spoken ? for ye shallspeakinto the air.10Thereare , it may be , so manykinds of voicesin the world,and none of them is without signification .
11Thereforeif I knownot the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian,and he that speaketh shall be a barbarianuntome.12Evensoye, forasmuch as ye arezealous of spiritual gifts, seekthat ye may excelto the edifying of the church.13Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tonguepraythat he may interpret .
14Forif I pray in an unknown tongue,myspiritprayeth , butmyunderstandingisunfruitful.15What is itthen? I will pray with the spirit,and I will pray with the understandingalso: I will sing with the spirit,and I will sing with the understandingalso.16Elsewhen thou shalt bless with the spirit,how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearnedsayAmenatthy giving of thanks,seeing he understandethnotwhat thou sayest ?
17Forthouverily givest thankswell,but the otherisnotedified .
I thankmyGod, I speak with tongues more thanyeall:19Yetin the church I had ratherspeakfivewordswithmyunderstanding,that by my voice I might teachothersalso,than ten thousandwordsin an unknown tongue.20Brethren,benotchildren in understanding:howbeit in malice be ye children , but in understandingbemen.c21In the law it is written , With men of other tonguesandotherlips will I speak unto thispeople;and yet for all that will theynothearme,saith the Lord.22Whereforetonguesarefor a sign,not to them that believe , but to them that believe not:butprophesying serveth not for them that believe not,but for them which believe .
23Iftherefore the wholechurch be come togetherinto one place,andallspeak with tongues,and there come in those that are unlearned,orunbelievers, will theynotsaythat ye are mad ?
24Butifallprophesy , and there come inone that believeth not,or one unlearned, he is convincedofall, he is judgedofall:25Andthusare the secrets of hisheartmademanifest;andso falling downon his face he will worshipGod, and reportthatGodisinyou of a truth.