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.