1 Corinthians 14:6-16 (New American Standard)

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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 1revelation or of 2knowledge or of 3prophecy or of 4teaching? 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 5the abugle 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 6speaking into the air. 10 There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of blanguages 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 c7barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a dbarbarian eto me. 12 So also you, since you are zealous of fspiritual gifts, seek to abound for the 8edification 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 9What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will 10sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 16 Otherwise if you bless gin the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the hungifted say 11the "Amen " at your 12giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?
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