- ¶ FOLLOW after love, and desire spiritual gifts, above all that you may prophesy.
- For he who speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not to men, but to God;
for no man understands what he says;
however through the Spirit he speaks mysteries.
- But he who prophesies speaks to men for edification, encouragement, and comfort.
- He who speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself;
but he who prophesies edifies the church.
- I would that you all spoke various tongues, but I would rather that you prophesied;
for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks various tongues, unless he interprets;
however, if he interprets, he edifies the church.
- ¶ Now, my brethren, if I should come to you and speak in diverse tongues, what would I profit you, except I speak to you either by means of revelation or by knowledge or by prophesying or by teaching?
- For even when things without life give sound, whether flute or harp, except they make a distinction between one tone and another, how shall it be known what is sung or played?
- For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for the battle?
- Even so you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what you say?
You shall speak as into the air.
- For, behold, there are many kinds of languages in the world, yet none of them without expression.
- So if I do not understand the utterance, I shall be as a barbarian to the speaker, and the speaker shall be as a barbarian to me.
- Likewise you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts for the edification of the church, seek that you may excel in these gifts.
- Thus he who speaks in an unknown tongue prays that he may interpret it.
- For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my knowledge is fruitless.
- ¶ What then shall I do?
I will pray with my spirit and I will pray with my understanding also;
I will sing with my spirit and I will sing with my understanding also.
- Otherwise, if you say a blessing with the spirit, how can one who occupies the place of the unlearned say Amen to your thanksgiving, since he does not understand what you say?
- For indeed you bless well, but your fellow man is not enlightened.
- I thank God that I speak with tongues more than you all;
- But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, so that I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
- My brethren, be not like infants in your intelligence;
only to evil things be like innocent children, but in your understanding be mature.
- ¶ In the law it is written, With a foreign speech and in another tongue I will speak to this people;
yet for all that, they will not listen to me, says the Lord.
- Thus, the gift of languages is instituted as a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers;
but prophesying is meant, not for those who do not believe, but for those who believe.
- If therefore the whole church assembles together and all speak in different tongues and there enter unlearned people or unbelievers, will they not say, They are fanatical?
- But if all prophesy, and an unlearned man or an unbeliever enter, he will be convinced by all, and he will be set right by all.
- Thus the secrets of his heart will be revealed, and then he will fall on his face, and he will worship God and say, Truly God is among you.
- ¶ Therefore I say to you, my brethren, when you gather together, whoever among you has a psalm to sing, has a doctrine, has a revelation, has the gift of tongues, or the gift of interpretation, let everything be done for edification.
- And if any man should speak in an unknown tongue, let two or at most three speak, and speak one by one;
and let one interpret.
- But if there is no one to interpret, let him who speaks in an unknown tongue keep silence in the church;
and let him speak to himself and to God.
- Let the prophets speak two or three in turn, and let the others discern what is said.
- And if anything is revealed to another who is seated, let the first speaker hold his peace.
- For you may all prophesy one by one, so that every one may learn and every one be comforted.
- For the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
- For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, and he is in all churches of the saints.
- ¶ Let your women keep silent in the church for they have no permission to speak;
but they are to be under obedience as is said in the law.
- And if they wish to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home;
for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
- ¶ What?
Did the word of God come from you?
Or did it come for you only?
- If any one among you thinks he is a prophet or that he is inspired by the Spirit, let him acknowledge that these things that I write to you are the commandments of our Lord.
- But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
- Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not prohibit speaking in unknown tongues.
- Let all things be done decently and in order.