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.
2642What is the outcome then, 43brethren? When you assemble, 44eachonehas a 45psalm, has a 46teaching, has a 47revelation, has a 48tongue, has an 49interpretation. Let 50allthings be done for edification.
27Ifanyonespeaks in a 51tongue, it should be by twoor at the mostthree, and each in turn, and one must 52interpret;
but if there is nointerpreter, he must keepsilent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.
Let twoorthree53prophetsspeak, and let the others54passjudgment.
But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keepsilent.
For you canallprophesyone by one , so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;
and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;
for God is not a God of 55confusion but of mpeace, as in 56all the churches of the 57saints.
The women are to 58keepsilent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but 59are to subject themselves, just as 60the Lawalsosays.
35If they desire to learnanything, let them ask their ownhusbands at home; for it is nimproper for a woman to speak in church.
36oWas it from you that the word of God first wentforth? Or has it come to you only?
3761Ifanyonethinks he is a prophetor62spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you 63are the Lord'scommandment.
But ifanyone does not recognize this, he pis not recognized.
39Therefore, my brethren, 64desireearnestly to 65prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.
But 66allthings must be doneproperly and in an orderlymanner.