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1 Corinthians 14 (New American Standard)

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Prophecy a Superior Gift

1 1Pursue love, yet 2desire earnestly 3spiritual gifts, but especially that you may 4prophesy. 2 For one who 5speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one aunderstands, but bin his spirit he speaks 6mysteries. 3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for 7edification and 8exhortation and consolation. 4 One who 9speaks in a tongue 10edifies himself; but one who 11prophesies 12edifies the church. 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? 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 cbugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 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. 10 There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of dlanguages in the world, and no kind is without meaning. 11 If then 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 fbarbarian gto me. 12 So also you, since you are zealous of hspiritual gifts, seek to abound for the 24edification of the church. 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. 16 Otherwise if you bless iin the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the jungifted say 27the "Amen " at your 28giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not 29edified. 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. 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. 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. 23 Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and kungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that 36you are mad? 24 But if all 37prophesy, and an unbeliever or an lungifted man enters, he is 38convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 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. 26 42What is the outcome then, 43brethren? When you assemble, 44each one has a 45psalm, has a 46teaching, has a 47revelation, has a 48tongue, has an 49interpretation. Let 50all things be done for edification. 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; 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. 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 mpeace, as in 56all the churches of the 57saints. 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. 35 If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is nimproper for a woman to speak in church. 36 oWas it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only? 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. 38 But if anyone does not recognize this, he pis not recognized. 39 Therefore, my brethren, 64desire earnestly to 65prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. 40 But 66all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
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