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.