Instruction for the Church

20 (A)Brothers and sisters, (B)do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil (C)be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 21 In (D)the [a]Law it is written: “(E)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 Lord. 22 So then, tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but (F)prophecy is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe. 23 Therefore if the whole church gathers together and all the people speak in tongues, and [b]outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that (G)you are insane? 24 But if all (H)prophesy, and an unbeliever or an [c]outsider enters, he is (I)convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 25 (J)the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will (K)fall on his face and worship God, (L)declaring that God is certainly among you.

26 (M)What is the outcome then, (N)brothers and sisters? When you assemble, (O)each one has a (P)psalm, has a (Q)teaching, has a (R)revelation, has a (S)tongue, has an (T)interpretation. (U)All things are to be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a (V)tongue, it must be by two or at the most three, and each one in turn, and one is to (W)interpret; 28 but if there is no interpreter, he is to keep silent in church; and have him speak to himself and to God. 29 Have two or three (X)prophets speak, and have the others (Y)pass judgment. 30 But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, then the first one is to keep silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be [d]exhorted; 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 33 for God is not a God of (Z)confusion, but of peace.

As in (AA)all the churches of the [e](AB)saints, 34 the women are to (AC)keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but (AD)are to subject themselves, just as (AE)the Law also says. 35 If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is [f]improper for a woman to speak in church. 36 Or was it from you that the word of God first went out? Or has it come to you only?

37 (AF)If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or (AG)spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you (AH)are the Lord’s commandment. 38 But if anyone does not recognize this, [g]he is not recognized.

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, (AI)earnestly desire to (AJ)prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But (AK)all things must be done properly and in an orderly way.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 14:21 I.e., Old Testament, Isaiah
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:23 See note 2 v 16
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:24 See note 2 v 16
  4. 1 Corinthians 14:31 Or encouraged
  5. 1 Corinthians 14:33 I.e., God’s people
  6. 1 Corinthians 14:35 Or disgraceful
  7. 1 Corinthians 14:38 Two early mss let him continue not to recognize it

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