Each of us should please our neighbors for their good,(A) to build them up.(B)

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But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening,(A) encouraging(B) and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue(C) edifies(D) themselves, but the one who prophesies(E) edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[a] but I would rather have you prophesy.(F) The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[b] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39

12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit,(A) try to excel in those that build up(B) the church.

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17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.(A)

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Good Order in Worship

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters?(A) When you come together, each of you(B) has a hymn,(C) or a word of instruction,(D) a revelation, a tongue(E) or an interpretation.(F) Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.(G)

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19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God(A) as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,(B) is for your strengthening.(C)

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12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ(A) may be built up(B)

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29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,(A) but only what is helpful for building others up(B) according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

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