Tongues a Sign to Unbelievers

20 Brethren, (A)do not be children in understanding; however, in malice (B)be babes, but in understanding be mature.

21 (C)In the law it is written:

(D)“With men of other tongues and other lips
I will speak to this people;
And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,”

says the Lord.

22 Therefore tongues are for a (E)sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. 23 Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, (F)will they not say that you are [a]out of your mind? 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 [b]And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report (G)that God is truly among you.

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26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, (H)has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. (I)Let all things be done for [c]edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and (J)let the others judge. 30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, (K)let the first keep silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 32 And (L)the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of [d]confusion but of peace, (M)as in all the churches of the saints.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 14:23 insane
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:25 NU omits And thus
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:26 building up
  4. 1 Corinthians 14:33 disorder

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