In the Law it is written: I will speak to this people with foreign languages and foreigners' lips, but they will not even listen to me this way, says the Lord.
So then, tongues are a sign for those who don't believe, not for those who believe. But prophecy is a sign for believers, not for those who don't believe.
So suppose that the whole church is meeting and everyone is speaking in tongues. If people come in who are outsiders or unbelievers, won't they say that you are out of your minds?
But if everyone is prophesying when an unbeliever or outsider comes in, they are tested by all and called to account by all.
The secrets of their hearts are brought to light. When that happens, they will fall on their faces and worship God, proclaiming out loud that truly God is among you!
What is the outcome of this, brothers and sisters? When you meet together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All these things must be done to build up the church.
If some speak in a tongue, then let two or at most three speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.
However, if there is no interpreter, then they should keep quiet in the meeting. They should speak privately to themselves and to God.
In the case of prophets, let two or three speak and have the rest evaluate what is said.
And if some revelation comes to someone else who is sitting down, the first one should be quiet.
You can all prophesy one at a time so that everyone can learn and be encouraged.
The spirits of prophets are under the control of the prophets.
God isn't a God of disorder but of peace. Like in all the churches of God's people,
the women should be quiet during the meeting. They are not allowed to talk. Instead, they need to get under control, just as the Law says.
If they want to learn something, they should ask their husbands at home. It is disgraceful for a woman to talk during the meeting.
Did the word of God originate with you? Has it come only to you?
If anyone thinks that they are prophets or "spiritual people," then let them recognize that what I'm writing to you is the Lord's command.
If someone doesn't recognize this, they aren't recognized.
So then, brothers and sisters, use your ambition to try to get the gift of prophecy, but don't prevent speaking in tongues.
Everything should be done with dignity and in proper order.