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1 Corinthians 14

Prophecy is commended,

1 Corinthians 14:1 Folowe after loue, and couet spirituall giftes, and rather that ye may prophecie.

and preferred before speaking with tongues,

1 Corinthians 14:2 For hee that speaketh a strange tongue, speaketh not vnto men, but vnto God: for no man heareth him: howbeit in the spirit he speaketh secret things. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophecieth, speaketh vnto me to edifying, and to exhortation, and to comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh strange language, edifieth himselfe: but hee that prophecieth, edifieth the Church. 1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake strange languages, but rather that ye prophecied: for greater is hee that prophecieth, then hee that speaketh diuers tongues, except hee expounde it, that the Church may receiue edification.

by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.

1 Corinthians 14:6 And nowe, brethren, if I come vnto you speaking diuers tongues, what shall I profite you, except I speake to you, either by reuelation, or by knowledge, or by prophecying, or by doctrine? 1 Corinthians 14:7 Moreouer things without life which giue a sounde, whether it be a pipe or an harpe, except they make a distinction in the soundes, how shall it be knowen what is piped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 And also if the trumpet giue an vncertaine sound, who shall prepare himselfe to battell? 1 Corinthians 14:9 So likewise you, by the tongue, except yee vtter wordes that haue signification, howe shall it be vnderstand what is spoken? for ye shal speake in the ayre. 1 Corinthians 14:10 There are so many kindes of voyces (as it commeth to passe) in the world, and none of them is dumme. 1 Corinthians 14:11 Except I know then the power of ye voyce, I shall be vnto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh, shalbe a barbarian vnto me.

Both must be referred to edification,

1 Corinthians 14:12 Euen so, forasmuch as ye couet spirituall giftes, seeke that ye may excell vnto the edifying of the Church. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherefore, let him that speaketh a strange tongue, pray, that he may interprete. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in a strange togue, my spirit prayeth: but mine vnderstading is without fruite. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, but I wil pray with the vnderstanding also: I wil sing with the spirite, but I will sing with the vnderstanding also. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Else, when thou blessest with the spirit, howe shall hee that occupieth the roome of the vnlearned, say Amen, at thy giuing of thankes, seeing he knoweth not what thou sayest? 1 Corinthians 14:17 For thou verely giuest thankes well, but the other is not edified. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thanke my God, I speake languages more then ye all. 1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet had I rather in the Church to speake fiue wordes with mine vnderstanding, that I might also instruct others, then ten thousande wordes in a strange tongue. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not children in vnderstanding, but as concerning maliciousnes be children, but in vnderstanding be of a ripe age. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the Lawe it is written, By men of other tongues, and by other languages will I speake vnto this people: yet so shal they not heare me, sayth the Lord.

as to their true and proper end.

1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherefore strange tongues are for a signe, not to them that beleeue, but to them that beleeue not: but prophecying serueth not for them that beleeue not, but for them which beleeue. 1 Corinthians 14:23 If therefore when the whole Church is come together in one, and all speake strange tongues, there come in they that are vnlearned, or they which beleeue not, will they not say, that ye are out of your wittes? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophecie, and there come in one that beleeueth not, or one vnlearned, hee is rebuked of all men, and is iudged of all, 1 Corinthians 14:25 And so are the secrets of his heart made manifest, and so he will fall downe on his face and worship God, and say plainely that God is in you in deede.

The true use of each is taught,

1 Corinthians 14:26 What is to be done then, brethren? when ye come together, according as euery one of you hath a Psalme, or hath doctrine, or hath a tongue, or hath reuelation, or hath interpretation, let all things be done vnto edifying.

and the abuse taxed.

1 Corinthians 14:27 If any man speake a strange 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, which speaketh languages, 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 And if any thing be reueiled to another that sitteth by, let the first holde his peace. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For ye may all prophecie one by one, that all may learne, and all may haue comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the Prophets are subiect to the Prophets. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as we see in all ye 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 ought to be subiect, as also the Lawe sayth. 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 Came the worde of God out from you? either came it vnto you onely? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man thinke him selfe to be a Prophet, or spirituall, let him acknowledge, that the things, that I write vnto you, are the commandements of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:38 And if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, couet to prophecie, and forbid not to speake languages. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done honestly, and by order.

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