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1 Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 For the person who speaks in [another] language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit. 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 the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 The person who speaks in [another] language builds himself up, but he who prophesies builds up the church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish all of you spoke in other languages, but even more that you prophesied. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in languages, unless he interprets so that the church may be built up. 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, brothers, if I come to you speaking in [other] languages, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you with a revelation or knowledge or prophecy or 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 inanimate things producing sounds-whether flute or harp-if they don't make a distinction in the notes, how will what is played on the flute or harp be recognized? 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 In fact, if the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will prepare for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 In the same way, unless you use your tongue for intelligible speech, how will what is spoken be known? For you 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 doubtless many different kinds of languages in the world, and all have meaning. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner = in Eng a barbarian. To a Gk, a barbaros was anyone who did not speak Gk. to the speaker, and the speaker will be a foreigner to 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 you-since you are zealous in matters of the spirit, seek to excel in building up 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 Therefore the person who speaks in [another] language should pray that he can 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 [another] language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with my understanding. 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 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will the uninformed person say "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 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 you may very well be giving thanks, but the other person is not being built up. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in [other] languages more than all of you; 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, in order to teach others also, than 10,000 words in [another] language. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brothers, don't be childish in your thinking, but be infants in evil and adult in your thinking. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 It is written in the law: By people of other languages and by the lips of foreigners, I will speak to this people; and even then, they will not listen to Me, says 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 It follows that speaking in other languages is intended as a sign, not to believers but to unbelievers. But prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 Therefore if the whole church assembles together, and all are speaking in [other] languages, and people who are uninformed or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your minds? 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 are prophesying, and some unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convicted by all and 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 will be revealed, and as a result he will fall down on his face and worship God, proclaiming, "God is really among you." 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 How is it then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, [another] language, or an interpretation. All things must be done for edification. 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 person speaks in [another] language, there should be only two, or at the most three, each in turn, and someone must 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 is no interpreter, that person should keep silent in the church and 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 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should evaluate. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 But if something has been revealed to another person sitting there, the first prophet should be silent. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that everyone may learn and everyone may be encouraged. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 And the prophets' spirits are under the control of the prophets, 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 since God is not a God of disorder 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 the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says. 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 want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church meeting. 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 Did the word of God originate from you, or did it come to you only? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that what I write to you is the Lord's command. 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 anyone ignores this, he will be ignored. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in [other] languages. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 But everything must be done decently and in order. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.