11Pursuelove, yet2desireearnestly3spiritual gifts, but especially that you may 4prophesy.
For one who 5speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God ; for nooneaunderstands, but bin his spirit he speaks6mysteries.
But one who prophesiesspeaks to men for 7edification and 8exhortation and consolation.
One who 9speaks in a tongue10edifieshimself ; but one who 11prophesies12edifies the church.
5Now I wish that you all13spoke in tongues, but 14even more that you would prophesy ; and greater is one who prophesiesthan one who 15speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive16edifying.
But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of 17revelationor of 18knowledgeor of 19prophecyor of 20teaching ?
7Yet even lifelessthings, eitherfluteorharp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the fluteor on the harp ?
For if21the cbugleproduces an indistinctsound, who will prepare himself for battle ?
9Soalso you, unless you utter by the tonguespeech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken ? For you will be 22speaking into the air.
There are, perhaps, a greatmanykinds of dlanguages in the world, and no kind is withoutmeaning.
11Ifthen I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a e23barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a fbarbariangto me.
12Soalso you, since you are zealous of hspiritual gifts, seek to abound for the 24edification of the church.
13Therefore let one who speaks in a tonguepray that he may interpret.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spiritprays, but my mind is unfruitful.
1525What is the outcome then ? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mindalso ; I will 26sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mindalso.
16Otherwiseif you blessiin the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the jungiftedsay27the "Amen " at your 28giving of thanks, since he does not knowwhat you are saying ?
For you are givingthankswellenough, but the otherperson is not 29edified.
I thankGod, I speak in tonguesmore than you all ;
19however, in the church I desire to speakfivewords with my mindso that I may instructothersalso, ratherthantenthousandwords in a tongue.
2030Brethren, 31do not be children in your thinking ; yet in evil32be infants, but in your thinking be mature.
In 33the Law it is written, "34BY MEN OF STRANGETONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THISPEOPLE, AND EVENSO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME," says the Lord.
22Sothentongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers ; but 35prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.
23Thereforeif the wholechurchassemblestogether and allspeak in tongues, and kungiftedmenorunbelieversenter, will they not say that 36you are mad ?
But ifall37prophesy, and an unbelieveror an lungiftedmanenters, he is 38convicted by all, he is called to account by all ;
2539the secrets of his heart are disclosed ; and so he will 40fall on his face and worshipGod, 41declaring that God is certainlyamong you.