1 Corinthians 14
Prophecy is commended,
1 Corinthians 14:1 Laboure for loue, and couete spyrytuall gyftes: and moste chiefely for to prophecye.
and preferred before speaking with tongues,
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh wyth tounges speaketh not vnto men, but vnto God, for no man heareth hym, howe be it in the spyryte he speaketh mysteryes. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophecyeth, speaketh vnto men, to edifiynge, to exhortation and to comforte. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh wyth tounges profyteth hym selfe: he that prophecieth edifyeth the congregation. 1 Corinthians 14:5 I woulde that ye all spake with tounges: but rather that ye prophecyed. For greater is he that prophecieth, then he that speaketh with tounges, excepte he expounde it also, that the congregacion maye haue edifiyng.
by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.
1 Corinthians 14:6 Nowe brethren yf I come vnto you speakinge with tounges, what shall I profite you, excepte I speake vnto you, other by reuelation or knowledge, or propheciynge, or doctryne. 1 Corinthians 14:7 Moreouer when thynges wythout lyfe, geue sounde: whether it be a pipe or an harpe excepte they make a distinction in the soundes, howe shal it be knowen what is piped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 And also yf the trompe geue an vncertaine voice, who shall prepare him selfe to fyght? 1 Corinthians 14:9 Euen so likewyse when ye speake with tounges, excepte ye speake wordes that haue signifycacion, howe shall it be vnderstande what is spoken? For ye shall but speake in the ayer. 1 Corinthians 14:10 Manye kindes of voices are in the worlde and none of them are wythout significacion. 1 Corinthians 14:11 If I knowe not what the voice meaneth, I shalbe vnto hym that speaketh, an alient: and he that speaketh shall be alient vnto me
Both must be referred to edification,
1 Corinthians 14:12 Euen so ye (for as much as ye couete spiritual gyftes) seke that ye maye haue plentye vnto the edifiyng of the congregation. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherfore let him that speaketh with tounges praye, that he maye interprete also. 1 Corinthians 14:14 If I praye wyth tounges, my spyryte prayeth: but my mynde is wythout fruite. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I wyl praye with the spirite, and wyll praye with mynde also. I wil singe with the spyrite, and wil singe with the minde also. 1 Corinthians 14:16 For els when thou blessest with the spirite howe shal he that occupieth the roume of the vnlearned saye amen at thy geuynge of thankes, saynge: he vnderstandeth not what thou sayeste? 1 Corinthians 14:17 Thou verelye geueste thankes wel, but the other is not edifyed. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thanke my God, I speake with tounges more then ye all. 1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet had I leuer in the congregation, to speake fyue wordes with my mynd to the information of other, rather then .x. thousand wordes with the tounge. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren be not chyldren in wyt howebeit as concerninge maliciousnes be children: but in wyt be perfect. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the lawe it is written, wyth other tounges, and with other lippes wyl I speake vnto thys people, and yet for al that wil they not heare me, sayeth the Lorde.
as to their true and proper end.
1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherfore, tounges are for a signe, not to them that beleue, but to them that beleue not. Contrarywyse propheciyng serueth not, for them that beleue not: but for them whiche beleue. 1 Corinthians 14:23 Yf therfore when all the congregation is come together, and all speake wyth tounges, there come in they that are vnlearned, or they whyche beleue not: wyll they not saye that ye are out of your wyttes? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But and yf all prophecye, and there come in one that beleueth not, or one vnlearned, he is rebuked of al men, and is iudged of euerye man: 1 Corinthians 14:25 and so are the secretes of hys herte opened, and so falleth he doune on hys face, and worshyppeth God, & sayeth that God is wyth you in dede.
The true use of each is taught,
1 Corinthians 14:26 Howe is it then brethren? When ye come together, euerye man hath his songe, hath his doctryne, hath his tounge, hath hys reuelation, hath hys interpretation. Let al thynges be done vnto edifiynge.
and the abuse taxed.
1 Corinthians 14:27 If anye man speake wyth tounges, let it be two at ones, or at the moste thre at ones, and that by course: and let another interprete it. 1 Corinthians 14:28 But yf there be no interpreter, let him kepe silence in the congregation, and let him speake to him selfe and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the Prophetes speake two at ones, or thre at ones, and let other iudge. 1 Corinthians 14:30 And yf anye reuelation be made to another that sitteth by, let the fyrste holde hys peace. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For ye maye all prophecye, one by one that all maye learne, and all maye haue comforte. 1 Corinthians 14:32 For the spirites of the Prophetes are in the power of þe Prophetes. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not causer of strife, but of peace, as he is in all other congregations of the sainctes.
Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your wyues kepe silence in the congregations. For it is not permitted vnto them to speake: but let them be vnder obedience, as sayeth the lawe. 1 Corinthians 14:35 If they wil learne anye thynge, let them axe theyr husbandes at home. For it is shame for women to speake in the congregation. 1 Corinthians 14:36 Spronge the worde of God from you? Eyther came it vnto you onelye. 1 Corinthians 14:37 Yf anye man thinke hym selfe a Prophet, either spyrytuall. let him vnderstand, what thinges I write vnto you. For they are the commaundementes of the Lorde. 1 Corinthians 14:38 But and yf anye man be ignoraunte, let him be ignoraunt. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherfore brethren couete to prophecye, and forbyd not to speake wyth tounges. 1 Corinthians 14:40 And let al thynges be done honestlye and iu ordre.