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 1revelationor of 2knowledgeor of 3prophecyor of 4teaching ?
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 if5the abugleproduces 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 6speaking into the air.
There are, perhaps, a greatmanykinds of blanguages in the world, and no kind is withoutmeaning.
11Ifthen I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a c7barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a dbarbarianeto me.
12Soalso you, since you are zealous of fspiritual gifts, seek to abound for the 8edification of the church.
13Therefore let one who speaks in a tonguepray that he may interpret.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spiritprays, but my mind is unfruitful.
159What is the outcome then ? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mindalso ; I will 10sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mindalso.
16Otherwiseif you blessgin the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the hungiftedsay11the "Amen " at your 12giving of thanks, since he does not knowwhat you are saying ?