Prophecy a Superior Gift

1 1Pursue love, yet 2desire earnestly 3spiritual gifts, but especially that you may 4prophesy.

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2 For one who 5speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks 6mysteries.

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    • a 14:2 - Lit "hears"
    • b 14:2 - Or "by the Spirit"
      3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for 7edification and 8exhortation and consolation.

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      5 Now I wish that you all 13spoke in tongues, but 14even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who 15speaks in tongues, unless * he interprets, so that the church may receive 16edifying.
      6 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 17revelation or of 18knowledge or of 19prophecy or of 20teaching?

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      7 Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp?
      8 For if 21the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

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      9 So also you, unless * you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be 22speaking into the air.

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      10 There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.

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          11 If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a 23barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.

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            • e 14:11 - Or "foreigner"
            • f 14:11 - Or "foreigner"
            • g 14:11 - Or "in my estimation"
              12 So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the 24edification of the church.

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              13 Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
              14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
              15 25What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will 26sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.

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              16 Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say 27the "Amen " at your 28giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?

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                • i 14:16 - Or "with the"
                • j 14:16 - I.e. unversed in spiritual gifts
                  17 For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not 29edified.

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                  18 I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all;
                  19 however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

                  Instruction for the Church

                  20 30Brethren, 31do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil 32be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

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                  21 In 33the Law it is written, "34BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME," says the Lord.

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                  22 So then tongues 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.

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                  23 Therefore if the whole church assembles together * * and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that 36you are mad?

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                  24 But if all 37prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is 38convicted by all, he is called to account by all;

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                  25 39the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will 40fall on his face and worship God, 41declaring that God is certainly among you.

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                  27 If anyone speaks in a 51tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must 52interpret;

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                  28 but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.
                  29 Let two or three 53prophets speak, and let the others 54pass judgment.

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                  30 But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent.
                  31 For you can all prophesy one * by one *, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;
                  32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;
                  33 for God is not a God of 55confusion but of peace, as in 56all the churches of the 57saints.

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                    • m 14:33 - Or "peace. As in all...saints, let"
                      34 The women are to 58keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but 59are to subject themselves, just as 60the Law also says.

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                      35 If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church.

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                        • n 14:35 - Or "disgraceful"
                          36 Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only?

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                              37 61If anyone thinks he is a prophet or 62spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you 63are the Lord's commandment.

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                              38 But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

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                                • p 14:38 - Two early mss read "is not to be recognized"
                                  39 Therefore, my brethren, 64desire earnestly to 65prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

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                                  40 But 66all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.

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