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?