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14 aFollow after charity, and aadesire bspiritual gifts, but rather that ye may cprophesy. 2 For he that dspeaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man †eunderstandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But he that cprophesieth speaketh unto men to fedification, and gexhortation, and hcomfort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that cprophesieth iedifieth the church. 5 I would that ye all dspake with tongues, but jrather that ye cprophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, kexcept he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by lrevelation, or by mknowledge, or by cprophesying, or by ndoctrine? 7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the ||osounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 8 For if pthe trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to qthe battle? 9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words †easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall rspeak into the air. 10 There are, sit may be, tso many ukinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a xbarbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous †of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to fthe edifying of the church. 13 Wherefore let him that dspeaketh in an unknown tongue pray kthat he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: yI will sing with the spirit, and I will sing zwith the understanding also. 16 Else when thou shalt abless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the bunlearned say cAmen at dthy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 17 For thou verily givest dthanks well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thank my God, I cspeak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might eteach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 20 Brethren, fbe not children in understanding: howbeit in malice gbe ye children, but in understanding be †men. 21 hIn the law it is written, iWith men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. 22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but kprophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. 23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are bunlearned, or unbelievers, lwill they not say that ye are mad? 24 But if all kprophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one bunlearned, he is mconvinced of all, he is njudged of all: 25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so ofalling down on his face phe will worship God, and qreport that God is in you of a truth.
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath qqa psalm, hath a rdoctrine, hath a stongue, hath a rrevelation, hath an sinterpretation. tLet all things be done unto edifying. 27 If any man sspeak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29 Let the uprophets speak two or three, and let the other wjudge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, xlet the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all kprophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be ycomforted. 32 And the spirits of the uprophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of †confusion, but of peace, as zin all churches of the saints.
34 aLet your women keep silence in the churches: for ait is not permitted unto them to speak; but bthey are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith cthe law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 If any man dthink himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, elet him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 Wherefore, brethren, fcovet to gprophesy, and forbid not gto speak with tongues. 40 hLet all things be done idecently and in order.
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