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1 Corinthians 14:18-28 (New American Standard)

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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 1Brethren, 2do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil 3be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 21 In 4the Law it is written, "5BY 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 6prophecy 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 aungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that 7you are mad? 24 But if all 8prophesy, and an unbeliever or an bungifted man enters, he is 9convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 25 10the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will 11fall on his face and worship God, 12declaring that God is certainly among you. 26 13What is the outcome then, 14brethren? When you assemble, 15each one has a 16psalm, has a 17teaching, has a 18revelation, has a 19tongue, has an 20interpretation. Let 21all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a 22tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must 23interpret; 28 but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.
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