14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
The subject is still the pneumatika. Chapter 12, described the gifts and the Body; Chapter 13. the love which alone gives ministry of gift any value; Chapter 14. regulates the ministry of gift in the primitive, apostolic assembly of saints.
(1) The important gift is that of prophecy ( 1 Corinthians 1:1 )). The N.T. prophet was not merely a preacher, but an inspired preacher, through whom, until the N.T. was written, new revelations suited to the new dispensation were given 1 Corinthians 14:29 1 Corinthians 14:30 .
(3) In the primitive church there was liberty for the ministry of all the gifts which might be present, but for prophecy more especially 1 Corinthians 14:23-26 1 Corinthians 14:31 1 Corinthians 14:39 .
14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
Or, a tongue; and so in 1Co 14: 4,13,14,19,27.
14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
be not children (Greek - Admivn , youths).
be ye children babies.
Cf. Genesis 3:16 .