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1 You should seek after love, and you should truly want to have the spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 I will explain why. Those who have the gift of speaking in different languagesn are not speaking to people; they are speaking to God. No one understands them; they are speaking secret things through 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 those who prophesy are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 The ones who speak in different languages are helping only themselves, but those who prophesy are helping the whole church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish all of you had the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages, but more, I wish you would prophesy. Those who prophesy are greater than those who can only speak in different languages -- unless someone is there who can explain what is said so that the whole church can be helped. 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 Brothers and sisters, will it help you if I come to you speaking in different languages? No! It will help you only if I bring you a new truth or some new 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 It is the same as with lifeless things that make sounds -- like a flute or a harp. If they do not make clear musical notes, you will not know what is being played. 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 And in a war, if the trumpet does not give a clear sound, who will prepare for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 It is the same with you. Unless you speak clearly with your tongue, no one can understand what you are saying. You will be talking 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 It may be true that there are all kinds of sounds in the world, and none is without meaning. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 But unless I understand the meaning of what someone says to me, I will be a foreigner to him, and he 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 It is the same with you. Since you want spiritual gifts very much, seek most of all to have the gifts that help the church grow stronger. 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 The one who has the gift of speaking in a different language should pray for the gift to interpret what is spoken. 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.
14 If I pray in a different language, my spirit is praying, but my mind does nothing. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 So what should 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. 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 If you praise God with your spirit, those persons there without understanding cannot say amenn to your prayer of thanks, because they do 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 You may be thanking God in a good way, but the other person is not helped. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in different kinds of languages more than all of you. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 But in the church meetings I would rather speak five words I understand in order to teach others than thousands of words in a different 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 and sisters, do not think like children. In evil things be like babies, but in your thinking you should be like adults. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 It is written in the Scriptures: "With people who use strange words and foreign languages I will speak to these people. But 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 So the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages is a proof for those who do not believe, not for those who do believe. And prophecy is for people who believe, not for those who do not believe. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 Suppose the whole church meets together and everyone speaks in different languages. If some people come in who do not understand or do not believe, they will say you are crazy. 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 suppose everyone is prophesying and some people come in who do not believe or do not understand. If everyone is prophesying, their sin will be shown to them, and they will be judged by all that they hear. 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 secret things in their hearts will be made known. So they will bow down and worship God saying, "Truly, God is with 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 So, brothers and sisters, what should you do? When you meet together, one person has a song, and another has a teaching. Another has a new truth from God. Another speaks in a different language, and another person interprets that language. The purpose of all these things should be to help the church grow strong. 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 When you meet together, if anyone speaks in a different language, it should be only two, or not more than three, who speak. They should speak one after the other, and someone else should 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, then those who speak in a different language should be quiet in the church meeting. They should speak only to themselves and to God. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.
29 Only two or three prophets should speak, and the others should judge what they say. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 If a message from God comes to another person who is sitting, the first speaker should stop. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 You can all prophesy one after the other. In this way all the people can be taught and encouraged. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 The spirits of prophets are under the control of the prophets themselves. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace. As is true in all the churches of God's people, 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 women should keep quiet in the church meetings. They are not allowed to speak, but they must yield to this rule as the law 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 If they want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home. It is shameful 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 God's teaching come from you? Or are you the only ones to whom it has come? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 Those who think they are prophets or spiritual persons should understand that what I am writing 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 Those who ignore this will be ignored by God. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So my brothers and sisters, you should truly want to prophesy. But do not stop people from using the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 But let everything be done in a right and orderly way. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.