1 Corinthians 14:1-19 NAS

Prophecy a Superior Gift

1 1Pursue love, yet 2desire earnestly 3spiritual gifts, but especially that you may 4prophesy.

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2 For one who 5speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one aunderstands, but bin his spirit he speaks 6mysteries.

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    • Ą 14:2 - Lit "hears"
    • ą 14:2 - Or "by the Spirit"
      3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for 7edification and 8exhortation and consolation.

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      4 One who 9speaks in a tongue 10edifies himself; but one who 11prophesies 12edifies the church.
      5 Now I wish that you all 13spoke in tongues, but 14even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who 15speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive 16edifying.
      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 17revelation or of 18knowledge or of 19prophecy or of 20teaching?

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      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 21the cbugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

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      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 22speaking into the air.

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      10 There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of dlanguages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.

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        • ć 14:10 - Lit "voices"
          11 If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a e23barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a fbarbarian gto me.

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            • Ĉ 14:11 - Or "foreigner"
            • ĉ 14:11 - Or "foreigner"
            • Ċ 14:11 - Or "in my estimation"
              12 So also you, since you are zealous of hspiritual gifts, seek to abound for the 24edification of the church.

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              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 25What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will 26sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.

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              16 Otherwise if you bless iin the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the jungifted say 27the "Amen " at your 28giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?

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                • Č 14:16 - Or "with the"
                • č 14:16 - I.e. unversed in spiritual gifts
                  17 For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not 29edified.

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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.