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1 Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters 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 On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified. 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 Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how shall I benefit you unless I bring you some 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 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will any one know what is 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 if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 So with yourselves; if you in a tongue utter speech that is not intelligible, how will any one know what is said? 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 languages 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 if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker 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 with yourselves; since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive 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, he who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to 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 prays but my mind is unfruitful. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What am I to do? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind 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 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how can any one in the position of an outsider say the "Amen" to your thanksgiving when 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 give thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all; 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, 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, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature. 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 foreigners will I 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 Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while 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 If, therefore, the whole church assembles and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you 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 an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account 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 disclosed; and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that 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 What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things 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 speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each 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 is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silence in 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 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 If a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first 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 all may learn and all be encouraged; 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to 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 the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even 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 there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in 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! Did the word of God originate with you, or are you the only ones it has reached? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If any one thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command 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 If any one does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So, my brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 but all things should be done decently and in order. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.