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Prophecy and Tongues

14 (A)Pursue love, yet (B)earnestly desire (C)spiritual gifts, but especially that you may (D)prophesy. For one who (E)speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one [a]understands, but [b]in his spirit he speaks (F)mysteries. But one who prophesies speaks to men for (G)edification and (H)exhortation and encouragement. One who (I)speaks in a tongue (J)edifies himself; but one who (K)prophesies (L)edifies the church. But I wish that you all (M)spoke in tongues, but (N)even more that you would prophesy. And greater is one who prophesies than one who (O)speaks in tongues, unless he [c]translates, so that the church may receive (P)edification.

But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of (Q)revelation or of (R)knowledge or of (S)prophecy or of (T)teaching? Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? For if (U)the trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? So also you, unless you utter by the tongue a word that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be (V)speaking into the air. 10 There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of sounds in the world, and none is without meaning. 11 If then I do not know the meaning of the sound, I will be to the one who speaks a [d](W)barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a [e]barbarian [f]to me. 12 So also you, since you are zealous for [g]spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the (X)edification of the church.

13 Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may [h]translate. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 (Y)What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will (Z)sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 16 Otherwise if you bless [i]in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the [j]uninformed say (AA)the “Amen” at your (AB)giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not (AC)edified. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all; 19 however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20 (AD)Brothers, (AE)do not be children in your thinking; rather in evil (AF)be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 21 In (AG)the Law it is written, “(AH)By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, and even so they will not listen to Me,” says the [k]Lord. 22 So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but (AI)prophecy is for a sign not to unbelievers but to those who believe. 23 Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and [l]uninformed men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that (AJ)you are out of your mind? 24 But if all (AK)prophesy, and an unbeliever or an [m]uninformed man enters, he is (AL)convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 25 (AM)the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will (AN)fall on his face and worship God, declaring that (AO)surely God is among you.

Orderly Worship

26 (AP)What is the outcome then, (AQ)brothers? When you assemble, (AR)each one has a (AS)psalm, has a (AT)teaching, has a (AU)revelation, has a (AV)tongue, has a [n](AW)translation. Let (AX)all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a (AY)tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must [o](AZ)translate; 28 but if there is no [p]translator, he must keep silent in the church, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29 And let two or three (BA)prophets speak, and let the others (BB)pass judgment. 30 But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted. 32 And the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 33 for God is not a God of (BC)confusion but of [q]peace, as in (BD)all the churches of the (BE)saints.

34 The women are to (BF)keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but (BG)are to subject themselves, just as (BH)the Law also says. 35 But if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. 36 [r]Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it arrived to you only?

37 (BI)If anyone thinks he is a prophet or (BJ)spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you (BK)are the Lord’s commandment. 38 But if anyone remains ignorant about this, he [s]is ignored by God.

39 Therefore, my brothers, (BL)earnestly desire to (BM)prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. 40 But (BN)all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.


  1. 1 Corinthians 14:2 Lit hears
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:2 Or by the Spirit
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or interprets
  4. 1 Corinthians 14:11 Or foreigner
  5. 1 Corinthians 14:11 Or foreigner
  6. 1 Corinthians 14:11 Or in my estimation
  7. 1 Corinthians 14:12 Lit spirits
  8. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Or interpret
  9. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Or with the
  10. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Unversed in spiritual gifts
  11. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Is 28:13
  12. 1 Corinthians 14:23 v 16, note 2
  13. 1 Corinthians 14:24 v 16, note 2
  14. 1 Corinthians 14:26 Or an interpretation
  15. 1 Corinthians 14:27 Or interpret
  16. 1 Corinthians 14:28 Or interpreter
  17. 1 Corinthians 14:33 Or peace. As in all...saints, let
  18. 1 Corinthians 14:36 Lit Or was
  19. 1 Corinthians 14:38 Two early mss is not to be recognized