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1 Corinthians 14:12-40 (New American Standard)

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12 So also you, since you are zealous of aspiritual gifts, seek to abound for the 1edification 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 2What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will 3sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 16 Otherwise if you bless bin the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the cungifted say 4the "Amen " at your 5giving 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 6edified. 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 7Brethren, 8do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil 9be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 21 In 10the Law it is written, "11BY 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 12prophecy 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 dungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that 13you are mad? 24 But if all 14prophesy, and an unbeliever or an eungifted man enters, he is 15convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 25 16the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will 17fall on his face and worship God, 18declaring that God is certainly among you. 26 19What is the outcome then, 20brethren? When you assemble, 21each one has a 22psalm, has a 23teaching, has a 24revelation, has a 25tongue, has an 26interpretation. Let 27all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a 28tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must 29interpret; 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 30prophets speak, and let the others 31pass 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 32confusion but of fpeace, as in 33all the churches of the 34saints. 34 The women are to 35keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but 36are to subject themselves, just as 37the Law also says. 35 If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is gimproper for a woman to speak in church. 36 hWas it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only? 37 38If anyone thinks he is a prophet or 39spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you 40are the Lord's commandment. 38 But if anyone does not recognize this, he iis not recognized. 39 Therefore, my brethren, 41desire earnestly to 42prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. 40 But 43all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
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