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1 Pursue the love, and seek earnestly the spiritual things, and rather that ye may prophecy, 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 for he who is speaking in an [unknown] tongue -- to men he doth not speak, but to God, for no one doth hearken, and in spirit he doth speak secrets; 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 and he who is prophesying to men doth speak edification, and exhortation, and comfort; 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 he who is speaking in an [unknown] tongue, himself doth edify, and he who is prophesying, an assembly doth edify; 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 and I wish you all to speak with tongues, and more that ye may prophecy, for greater is he who is prophesying than he who is speaking with tongues, except one may interpret, that the assembly may receive edification. 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 And now, brethren, if I may come unto you speaking tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophesying, or in 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 yet the things without life giving sound -- whether pipe or harp -- if a difference in the sounds they may not give, how shall be known that which is piped or that which is 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 also an uncertain sound a trumpet may give, who shall prepare himself for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 so also ye, if through the tongue, speech easily understood ye may not give -- how shall that which is spoken be known? for ye shall be speaking to 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 none of them is unmeaning, 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 if, then, I do not know the power of the voice, I shall be to him who is speaking a foreigner, and he who is speaking, is to me a foreigner; 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 earnestly desirous of spiritual gifts, for the building up of the assembly seek that ye may abound; 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 he who is speaking in an [unknown] tongue -- let him 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 an [unknown] tongue, my spirit doth pray, and my understanding is unfruitful. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What then is it? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray also with the understanding; I will sing psalms with the spirit, and I will sing psalms also with the 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 since, if thou mayest bless with the spirit, he who is filling the place of the unlearned, how shall he say the Amen at thy giving of thanks, since what thou dost say he hath not known? 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, indeed, dost give thanks well, but the other is not built up! 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I give thanks to my God -- more than you all with tongues speaking -- 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 but in an assembly I wish to speak five words through my understanding, that others also I may instruct, rather than myriads of words in an [unknown] 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, become not children in the understanding, but in the evil be ye babes, and in the understanding become ye perfect; 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 in the law it hath been written, that, `With other tongues and with other lips I will speak to this people, and not even so 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 so that the tongues are for a sign, not to the believing, but to the unbelieving; and the prophesy [is] not for the unbelieving, but for the believing, 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 assembly may come together, to the same place, and all may speak with tongues, and there may come in unlearned or unbelievers, 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 and if all may prophecy, and any one may come in, an unbeliever or unlearned, he is convicted by all, he is discerned 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 and so the secrets of his heart become manifest, and so having fallen upon [his] face, he will bow before God, declaring that God really is 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 is it, brethren? whenever ye may come together, each of you hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation? let all things be for building up; 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 an [unknown] tongue any one do speak, by two, or at the most, by three, and 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 and if there may be no interpreter, let him be silent in an assembly, and to himself let him speak, 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 prophets -- let two or three speak, and let the others discern, 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 and if to another sitting [anything] may be revealed, let the first be silent; 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 for ye are able, one by one, all to prophesy, 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 spiritual gift of prophets to prophets are subject, 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 for God is not [a God] of tumult, but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 Your women in the assemblies let them be silent, for it hath not been permitted to them to speak, but to be subject, as also the law saith; 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 wish to learn anything, at home their own husbands let them question, for it is a shame to women to speak in an assembly. 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 From you did the word of God come forth? or to you alone did it come? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 if any one doth think to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge the things that I write to you -- that of the Lord they are commands; 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 and if any one is ignorant -- let him be ignorant; 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 so that, brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and to speak with tongues do not forbid; 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 let all things be done decently and in order. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.