1 Corinthians 14
Prophecy is commended,
1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, be zealous for spiritual gifts; but rather that you may prophesy.
and preferred before speaking with tongues,
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man heareth. Yet by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh to men unto edification and exhortation and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church. 1 Corinthians 14:5 And I would have you all to speak with tongues, but rather to prophesy. For greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues: unless perhaps he interpret, that the church may receive edification.
by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.
1 Corinthians 14:6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either in revelation or in knowledge or in prophecy or in doctrine? 1 Corinthians 14:7 Even things without life that give sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction of sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 1 Corinthians 14:9 So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue plain speech, how shall it be known what is said? For you shall be speaking into the air. 1 Corinthians 14:10 There are, for example, so many kinds of tongues in this world: and none is without voice. 1 Corinthians 14:11 If then I know not the power of the voice, I shall be to him to whom I speak a barbarian: and he that speaketh a barbarian to me.
Both must be referred to edification,
1 Corinthians 14:12 So you also, forasmuch as you are zealous of spirits, seek to abound unto the edifying of the church. 1 Corinthians 14:13 And therefore he that speaketh by a tongue, let him pray that he may interpret. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth: but my understanding is without fruit. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, I will pray also with the understanding, I will sing with the spirit, I will sing also with the understanding. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Else, if thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that holdeth the place of the unlearned say, Amen, to thy blessing? Because he knoweth not what thou sayest. 1 Corinthians 14:17 For thou indeed givest thanks well: but the other is not edified. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God I speak with all your tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:19 But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also: than ten thousand words in a tongue. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, do not become children in sense. But in malice be children: and in sense be perfect. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written: In other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people: and neither so will they hear me, saith the Lord.
as to their true and proper end.
1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to believers but to unbelievers: but prophecies, not to unbelievers but to believers. 1 Corinthians 14:23 If therefore the whole church come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in unlearned persons or infidels, will they not say that you are mad? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not or an unlearned person, he is convinced of all: he is judged of all. 1 Corinthians 14:25 The secrets of his heart are made manifest. And so, falling down on his face, he will adore God, affirming that God is among you indeed.
The true use of each is taught,
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? When you come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation: let all things be done to edification.
and the abuse taxed.
1 Corinthians 14:27 If any speak with a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and in course: and let one interpret. 1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him hold his peace in the church and speak to himself and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:29 And let the prophets speak, two or three: and let the rest judge. 1 Corinthians 14:30 But if any thing be revealed to another sitting, let the first hold his peace. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For you may all prophesy, one by one, that all may learn and all may be exhorted. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the God of dissension, but of peace: as also I teach in all the churches of the saints.
Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted them to speak but to be subject, as also the law saith. 1 Corinthians 14:35 But if they would learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:36 Or did the word of God come out from you? Or came it only unto you? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If any seem to be a prophet or spiritual, let him know the things that I write to you, that they are the commandments of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man know not, he shall not be known. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, be zealous to prophesy: and forbid not to speak with tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:40 But let all things be done decently and according to order.