1611 King James Bible

1 Corinthians 14

Prophecy is commended,

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charitie, and desire spirituall giftes, but rather that yee may prophesie.

and preferred before speaking with tongues,

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an [vnknowen] tongue, speaketh not vnto men, but vnto God: for no man vnderstandeth him: howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth, speaketh vnto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh in an [vnknowen] tongue, edifieth himselfe: but hee that prophesieth, edifieth the Church. 1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that yee all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is hee that prophesieth, then hee that speaketh with tongues, except hee interprete, that the Church may receiue edifying.

by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.

1 Corinthians 14:6 Now brethren, if I come vnto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speake to you either by reuelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? 1 Corinthians 14:7 And euen things without life giuing sound, whether pipe or harpe, except they giue a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be knowen what is piped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet giue an vncertaine sound, who shall prepare himselfe to the battell? 1 Corinthians 14:9 So likewise you, except ye vtter by the tongue words easie to be vnderstood, how shall it be knowen what is spoken? for ye shall speake into the aire. 1 Corinthians 14:10 There are, it may bee, so many kindes of voices in the world, and none [of them] are without signification. 1 Corinthians 14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voyce, I shall bee vnto him that speaketh, a Barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a Barbarian vnto mee.

Both must be referred to edification,

1 Corinthians 14:12 Euen so ye, forasmuch as yee are zealous of spirituall [gifts], seeke that yee may excell to the edifying of the Church. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an [vnknowen] tongue, pray that he may interprete. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an [vnknowen] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my vnderstanding is vnfruitfull. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and wil pray with vnderstanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the vnderstanding also. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Else, when thou shalt blesse with the spirit, how shall hee that occupieth the roome of the vnlearned, say Amen at thy giuing of thankes, seeing he vnderstandeth not what thou sayest? 1 Corinthians 14:17 For thou verily giuest thankes well: but the other is not edified. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thanke my God, I speake with tongues more then you all. 1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet in the Church I had rather speake fiue words with my vnderstanding, that [by my voyce] I might teach others also, then ten thousand words in an [vnknowen] tongue. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, bee not children in vnderstanding: how be it, in malice be yee children, but in vnderstanding be men. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the Law it is written, With [men of] other tongues, and other lippes will I speake vnto this people: and yet for all that will they not heare me, saith the Lord.

as to their true and proper end.

1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherfore tongues are for a signe, not to them that beleeue, but to them that beleeue not: But prophesying [serueth] not for them that beleeue not, but for them which beleeue. 1 Corinthians 14:23 If therefore the whole Church be come together into some place, and all speake with tongues, & there come in those that are vnlearned, or vnbeleeuers, will they not say that ye are mad? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesie, and there come in one that beleeueth not, or one vnlearned: he is conuinced of all, he is iudged of all. 1 Corinthians 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest, and so falling downe on his face, hee will worship God, and report that God is in you of a trueth.

The true use of each is taught,

1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then brethren? when ye come together, euery one of you hath a Psalme, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a reuelatio, hath an interpretatio: Let all things be done vnto edifying.

and the abuse taxed.

1 Corinthians 14:27 If any man speake in [an vnknowen] tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course, and let one interprete. 1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keepe silence in the Church, and let him speake to himselfe, and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the Prophets speake two or three, and let the other iudge. 1 Corinthians 14:30 If [any thing] be reueiled to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For yee may all prophesie one by one, that all may learne, and all may be comforted. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the Prophets are subiect to the Prophets. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not [the authour] of confusion, but of peace, as in all Churches of the Saints.

Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keepe silence in the Churches, for it is not permitted vnto them to speake; but [they are commanded] to bee vnder obedience: as also saith the Law. 1 Corinthians 14:35 And if they will learne any thing, let them aske their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speake in the Church. 1 Corinthians 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it vnto you onely? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man thinke himselfe to be a Prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge, that the things that I write vnto you, are the commandements of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man bee ignorant, let him be ignorant. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore brethren, couet to prophesie, and forbid not to speake with tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently, and in order.

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