1 Corinthians 14
King James 2000

Prophecy Preferred over Tongues

1Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

2For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; but in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

3But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

5I would that you all spoke with tongues, but rather that you prophesied: for greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7And even things without life which give sound, whether flute or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is played?

8For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle?

9So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for you shall speak into the air.

10There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without meaning.

11Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaks a foreigner, and he that speaks shall be a foreigner unto me.

12Even so you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

13Therefore let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the place of the unlearned say Amen at your giving of thanks, seeing he understands not what you said?

17For you verily give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all:

19Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20Brethren, be not children in understanding: but in malice be children, but in understanding be men.

21In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, says the Lord.

22Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them that believe.

23If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that you are mad?

24But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convicted of all, he is judged of all:

25And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

Worship Must Be Done Decently and in Order

26How is it then, brethren? when you come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

27If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that in turn; and let one interpret.

28But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

29Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the others judge.

30If anything be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his peace.

31For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

32And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

33For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be submissive, as also says the law.

35And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is shameful for women to speak in the church.

36What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

37If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

38But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39Therefore, brethren, be eager to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

40Let all things be done decently and in order.

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