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1 Corinthians 14:1-19 (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.
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