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1 Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God; for no man understandeth; but in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 Now I would have you all speak with tongues, but rather that ye should prophesy: and greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.
6 But now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching? 6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?
7 Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they give not a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue speech easy to understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air. 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and no [kind] is without signification. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 If then I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be to him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh will be a barbarian unto me. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me.
12 So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may abound unto the edifying of the church. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
16 Else if thou bless with the spirit, how shall he that filleth the place of the unlearned say the Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he knoweth not what thou sayest? 16 If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all: 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 howbeit in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brethren, be not children in mind: yet in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 In the law it is written, By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers will I speak unto this people; and not even thus will they hear me, saith the Lord. 21 In the Law it is written: "Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord.
22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to the unbelieving: but prophesying [is for a sign], not to the unbelieving, but to them that believe. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 If therefore the whole church be assembled together and all speak with tongues, and there come in men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are mad? 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one unbelieving or unlearned, he is reproved by all, he is judged by all; 24 But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all,
25 the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed. 25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"
26 What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
27 If any man speaketh in a tongue, [let it be] by two, or at the most three, and [that] in turn; and let one interpret: 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.
28 but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.
29 And let the prophets speak [by] two or three, and let the others discern. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first keep silence. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted; 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets; 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 for God is not [a God] of confusion, but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.
35 And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
36 What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord. 37 If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command.
38 But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 But let all things be done decently and in order. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.