1 Corinthians 14
Prophecy is commended,
1 Corinthians 14:1 Labour for loue, and couet spretuall gyftes: but most chefly that ye maye prophesye.
and preferred before speaking with tongues,
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh with the tonge, speaketh not vnto men, but vnto God. For no man heareth hym: Houbeit in the sprete he speaketh mysteries. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth, speaketh vnto men for their edifyinge, for their exhortacion and for their comforte. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh with the tonge, proffiteth him selfe: he that prophesieth, edifyeth þe congregacion 1 Corinthians 14:5 I wolde that ye all spake with tonges: but rather that ye prophesied. For greater is he þt prophesyeth, then he that speaketh with tonges, except he expounde it: that the congregacion maye haue edifying.
by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.
1 Corinthians 14:6 Now brethren, yf I come vnto you speakynge with tonges: what shall I profet you, excepte I speake to you, other by reuelacyon or by knowledge, or by prophesyinge, or by doctryne? 1 Corinthians 14:7 Moreouer, when thinges without lyfe geue sounde (whether it be a pype or an harpe) except they make a destruccyon in þe soundes, how shall it be knowen what is pyped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 For yf the trompe geue an vncertayne voyce, who shall prepare him selfe to the warre? 1 Corinthians 14:9 Euen so lykewyse when ye speake with tonges, excepte ye speake wordes that haue significacyon, howe shall it be vnderstande what is spoken? For ye shall but speake in the ayer. 1 Corinthians 14:10 Many kyndes of voyces are in the world, and none of them are without significacion. 1 Corinthians 14:11 If I knowe not what the voyce meaneth, I shalbe vnto him that speaketh, an alient: and he that speaketh, shalbe an alient vnto me.
Both must be referred to edification,
1 Corinthians 14:12 Euen so ye (for as moche as ye couet spretuall gyftes) seke, that ye maye excell, vnto the edifyinge of the congregacyon. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherfore, let him þt speaketh with tonge, praye, that he maye interpret also. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For If I praye with tonge, my sprete prayeth, but my vnderstonding doth no good. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will praye with the sprete, and will praye with the vnderstonding. I will synge with the sprete, and will synge with the vnderstonding. 1 Corinthians 14:16 For ells, when thou blessest with the sprete, how shall he that occupieth the rowme of the vnlearned, saye Amen, at thy geuynge of thankes, seynge he vnderstandeth not. what thou sayest? 1 Corinthians 14:17 Thou verely geuest thankes well, but the other is not edified. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thanke my God þt I speake with tonges more then ye all. 1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet had I leuer in the congregacion, to speake fyue wordes with my vnderstonding to þe informacion of other rather then ten thousand wordes with the tonge. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not ye chyldren in wytte. Howbeit, as concernyng maliciousnes, be children: but in witte be perfect. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the lawe it is written with sondrie tonges, and with sondrye lyppes will 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 tonges are for a sygne, not to them that beleue: but to them that beleue not. Contrary wyse, prophesyinge serueth not for them that beleue not: but for them which beleue. 1 Corinthians 14:23 If therfore, when all the congregacyon is come together, and all speake with tonges, ther come in they that are vnlearned, or they which beleue not: will they not saye, that ye are out of youre wittes? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But and yf all prophesye, and ther come in one þt beleueth not, or one vnlearned, he is rebuked of all men, & is iudged of euery man, 1 Corinthians 14:25 & so are the secretes of his hert opened, and so falleth he downe on his face, and worshyppeth God, & sayth, that God is in you of a trueth.
The true use of each is taught,
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then brethren? As oft as ye come together, euery one of you hath a songe, hath a doctrine, hath a tonge, hath a reuelacyon, hath an interpretacyon. Let all thinges be done vnto edifyinge:
and the abuse taxed.
1 Corinthians 14:27 If eny man speake with tonge, let it be by two or at the most by thre, and that by course, and let another interprete it. 1 Corinthians 14:28 But yf ther be no interpreter, let him kepe sylence in the congregacyon, and let him speake to him selfe and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophetes speake two, or thre, & let the other iudge. 1 Corinthians 14:30 If eny reuelacyon be made to another that sytteth by, let the fyrst holde his peace. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For ye maye al prophesy one by one, that all maye learne, and that all maye haue comforte. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spretes of the prophetes are in the power of the Prophetes. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not causer of stryfe: but of peace, as in all congregacions of the saynctes.
Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let youre wemen kepe sylence in the congregacions. 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 eny thynge, let them aske their husbandes at home. For it is a shame for wemen, to speake in the congregacion. 1 Corinthians 14:36 Spronge the worde of God from you? Ether came it vnto you onely? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If eny man thynke him selfe to be a prophet, ether spirituall: let him knowe, what thynges I wryte vnto you. For they are the commaundementes of the Lorde. 1 Corinthians 14:38 But and yf eny man be ignoraunt, let him be ignoraunt. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherfore brethren, couet to prophesye, and forbyd not to speake with tonges. 1 Corinthians 14:40 let all thynges be done honestly and in order.