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The one who speaks in tongues advances his own spiritual progress,[a] while the one who prophesies builds up the church. I would be delighted if you all spoke in tongues, but I desire even more that you impart prophetic revelation to others. Greater gain comes through the one who prophesies than the one who speaks in tongues, unless there is interpretation so that it builds up the entire church.

My dear friends, what good is it if I come to you always speaking in tongues? But if I come with a clear revelation from God, or with insight,[b] or with a prophecy, or with a clear teaching, I can enrich you.[c]

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  1. 1 Corinthians 14:4 See Rom. 8:26.
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:6 Or “intimate knowledge through experience.”
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:6 Paul uses these four ministries as examples of what builds up the church. Every congregation needs to focus on all four (revelation from God, insights of truth, prophecy, and teaching), as they are all necessary today.