1 Corinthians 14
Prophecy is commended,
1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love; nevertheless be envious of the spiritual gifts,and, rather, that ye may be prophesying.
and preferred before speaking with tongues,
1 Corinthians 14:2 For, he that speaketh with a tongue, not unto men, doth speak, but, unto God,for, no one, understandeth, although, in spirit, he is speaking sacred secrets; 1 Corinthians 14:3 But, be that prophesieth, unto men, doth speakedification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh with a tongue, buildeth up, himself, whereas, he that prophesieth, buildeth up, an assembly. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Howbeit I wish you all to speak with tongues, but, rather, that ye may prophesy,moreover, greater, is he that prophesieth, than he that speaketh with tongues,unless indeed he translate, that, the assembly, may receive upbuilding.
by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.
1 Corinthians 14:6 But, now, brethrenif I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit, you, except I speak, unto you, either by way of revelation, or knowledge, or prophesying, or teaching? 1 Corinthians 14:7 In like manner, the things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, if, a distinction in the sounds, they do not give, how shall it be known, what is being piped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 For, if also, an uncertain sound, a trumpet, should give, who shall prepare himself for battle? 1 Corinthians 14:9 So, also, ye, through means of the tongue, except ye give intelligible discourse, how shall it be known what is being spoken? for ye will be speaking, to the air. 1 Corinthians 14:10 There may happen to be so many kinds of languages in the world, and, not one, unspoken: 1 Corinthians 14:11 If, then, I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be, unto him that is speaking, a foreigner, and, he that is speaking, shall be, in my case, a foreigner.
Both must be referred to edification,
1 Corinthians 14:12 So, ye, alsosince ye are, envious, of spirits, unto the upbuilding of the assembly, seek to be pre-eminent. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherefore, he that speaketh with a tongue, let him pray that he may translate; 1 Corinthians 14:14 [For], if I am praying in a tongue, my spirit, is praying, but, my mind, is unfruitful. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray also with the mind,I will strike the strings with the spirit, [but] I will strike the strings also with the mind. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Else, if thou be blessing in a spirit, he that filleth up the place of the ungifted person, how shall he say the Amen upon thy thanksgiving? since indeed, what thou art saying, he knoweth not; 1 Corinthians 14:17 For, thou, indeed, excellently art giving thanks, but, the other, is not being built up. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I give thanks unto God!More than ye all, am I speaking with tongues; 1 Corinthians 14:19 But, in assembly, I desire to speak five words with my mind, that, others also, I may instruct, than myriads of words in a tongue. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren! do not become children, in your understandings; but, in baseness, become babes, while, in your understandings, ye become, full-grown. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law, it is writtenWith strange tongues, and with lips of strangers, will I speak unto this people; and, not even so, will they hearken unto me,saith the Lord.
as to their true and proper end.
1 Corinthians 14:22 So that, the tongues, are for a signnot unto them that believe, but, unto them that believe not; whereas, prophesying, is not for them that believe not, but, for them that believe. 1 Corinthians 14:23 If, then, the whole assembly come together with one consent, and, all, are speaking with tongues,and there come in persons unskilled or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are raving? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But, if, all, be prophesying,and there come in one who is unbelieving or unskilled, he is convicted by all, he is searched by all, the secrets of his heart, become manifest, 1 Corinthians 14:25 And, so, falling down upon his face, he will do homage unto God, reporting that, in reality, God is, among you.
The true use of each is taught,
1 Corinthians 14:26 What, then, is it, brethren? Whensoever ye are coming together, each one, hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath a translation:let, all things, be done, unto building up.
and the abuse taxed.
1 Corinthians 14:27 If, with a tongue, one is speaking, let it be by two, or, at the most, three,and by turns; and let, one, be translating; 1 Corinthians 14:28 But, if there be none to translate, let him keep silence in assembly, and, unto himself, be speaking, and, unto God! 1 Corinthians 14:29 Prophets, moreover, let two or three speak, and let, the others, judge. 1 Corinthians 14:30 If, however, unto another, a revelation be made, as he is sitting, let the first be silent; 1 Corinthians 14:31 For, one by one, ye can, all, be prophesying,that, all, may learn, and, all, be encouraged. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And, spirits of prophets, unto prophets, do submit themselves; 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not [a God] of confusion, but, of peace:as in all the assemblies of the saints.
Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 As for the women, in the assemblies, let them be silent, for it is not permitted them to be speaking; but let them be in submission,even as, the law, saith. 1 Corinthians 14:35 If, however, they are wishing to learn something, at home, their own husbands, let them question; for it is a shame for a woman to be speaking in assembly. 1 Corinthians 14:36 Or, from you, did the word of God come forth? Or, unto you alone, did it extend? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If anyone thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge the things which I am writing to you,that they are, a commandment, of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:38 But, if anyone knoweth not, he is unknown! 1 Corinthians 14:39 So, then, my brethren,be zealous to prophesy, and do not forbid, to be speaking with tongues; 1 Corinthians 14:40 But let, all things, with comeliness, and by arrangement, be done.