1 Corinthians 14
Prophecy is commended,
1 Corinthians 14:1 Folowe after loue, and couet spirituall [giftes] but most chiefelie that ye may prophesie.
and preferred before speaking with tongues,
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh with the tongue, speaketh not vnto men, but vnto God: For no man heareth [hym]. Howbeit, in the spirite he speaketh misteries. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth, speaketh vnto men to their edifiyng, to their exhortation, and to their comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh with the tongue, edifieth hym selfe: he that prophesieth, edifieth the Churche. 1 Corinthians 14:5 I woulde yt ye al spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: For greater is he that prophesieth, then he that speaketh with tongues, except he expounde it, that the Churche may haue edifiyng.
by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.
1 Corinthians 14:6 Nowe brethren, yf I come vnto you speakyng with tongues, what shall I profite you, except I speake to you eyther by reuelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesiyng, or by doctrine? 1 Corinthians 14:7 Moreouer, thynges without lyfe geuing sound, whether [it be] a pipe or an harpe, except they make a distinction in the soundes, howe shall it be knowen what is piped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 And also yf the trumpe geue an vncertayne sounde, who shall prepare him selfe to the warre? 1 Corinthians 14:9 Euen so lykewyse, when ye speake with tongues, except ye speake wordes that haue signification, howe shall it be vnderstande what is spoken? For ye shall speake into the ayer. 1 Corinthians 14:10 There are so many kyndes of voyces, [as it commeth to passe] in the worlde, and none of them are without signification. 1 Corinthians 14:11 If I knowe not what the voyce meaneth, I shalbe lyke vnto hym that speaketh, an aliaunt: and he that speaketh, shalbe an aliaunt vnto me.
Both must be referred to edification,
1 Corinthians 14:12 Euen so, forasmuch as ye couet spirituall [giftes] seke that ye may excell, vnto the edifiyng of the Churche. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherfore, let him that speaketh with tongue, pray that he may interprete. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For yf I pray with tongue, my spirite prayeth, but my vnderstanding is without fruite. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I wyll pray with the spirite, and wyll pray with the vnderstandyng also. I wyll syng with the spirite, and wyll syng with the vnderstandyng also. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Els, when thou blessest with the spirite, howe shall he that occupieth the rowme of the vnlearned, say Amen at thy geuyng of thankes, seyng he vnderstandeth not what thou sayest? 1 Corinthians 14:17 Thou veryly geuest thankes well: but the other is not edified. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thanke my God, I speake with tongues more the ye all. 1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet had I rather, in the Churche to speake fiue wordes with my vnderstandyng, to the information of other, then ten thousande wordes with the tongue. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not chyldren in wytte: Howbeit, as concerning maliciousnesse, be chyldren: but in wytte, be perfect. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the lawe it is written: With sundry tongues, and with sundry lyppes, wyll I speake vnto this people, and yet for all that will they not heare me, sayth the Lorde.
as to their true and proper end.
1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherfore, tongues are for a signe, not to them that beleue, but to them that beleue not: But prophesiyng [serueth] not for them that beleue not, but for them which beleue. 1 Corinthians 14:23 If therfore, when all the Churche is come together in one, & all speake with tongues, there come in they that are vnlearned, or they which beleue not: wyll they not say yt ye are out of your wittes? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But yf all prophesie, and there come in one ye beleueth not, or one vnlearned: he is rebuked of all men, and is iudged of euery man: 1 Corinthians 14:25 And so are the secretes of his heart made manifest, and so falleth he downe on his face, and worshippeth God, and sayth that God is in you of a trueth.
The true use of each is taught,
1 Corinthians 14:26 Howe is it then brethren? When ye come together, euery one of you hath a psalme, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a reuelation, hath interpretation. Let all thynges be done vnto edifiyng.
and the abuse taxed.
1 Corinthians 14:27 Yf any man speake with 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 yf there be no interpreter, let him kepe scilence in the Churche, and let him speake to hym selfe, and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophetes speake two or three, and let the other iudge. 1 Corinthians 14:30 If any reuelation be made to another that sitteth by, let ye first holde his peace. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For ye may all prophesie one by one, that all may learne, and all may haue comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirites of the prophetes, are subiect to the prophetes. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not [the aucthour] of confusion, but of peace, as in all Churches of the saintes.
Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women kepe scilence in the Churches: For it is not permitted vnto them to speake, but to be vnder obedience, as sayth the lawe. 1 Corinthians 14:35 If they wyll learne any thyng, let the aske their husbandes at home: For it is a shame for women to speake in the Churche. 1 Corinthians 14:36 Sproung the worde of God from you? Either came it vnto you only? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man thynke hym selfe to be a prophete, either spiritual, let him knowe that the thinges that I write vnto you, are ye commaundementes of the Lorde. 1 Corinthians 14:38 But yf any man be ignoraunt, let hym be ignoraunt. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherfore brethren, couet to prophesie, and forbyd not to speake with tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all thynges be done honestlie and in order.