1 Corinthians 14:1-10 (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.
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