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1 Corinthians 14

Prophecy is commended,

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.

and preferred before speaking with tongues,

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an [unknown] language, speaketh not to men, but to God: for no man understandeth [him]; yet in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh in an [unknown] language edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spoke in languages, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that speaketh in languages, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.

1 Corinthians 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in languages, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? 1 Corinthians 14:7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet shall give an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 1 Corinthians 14:9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will speak into the air. 1 Corinthians 14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them [is] without signification. 1 Corinthians 14:11 Therefore, if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be to him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh [will be] a barbarian to me.

Both must be referred to edification,

1 Corinthians 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherefore, let him that speaketh in an [unknown] language, pray that he may interpret. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an [unknown] language, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1 Corinthians 14:16 Else, when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 1 Corinthians 14:17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak in languages more than ye all: 1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that [by my voice] I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in an [unknown] language. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: yet in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. 1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written, With [men of] other tongues and other lips will I speak to this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

as to their true and proper end.

1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherefore languages are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying [serveth] not for them that believe not, but for them who believe. 1 Corinthians 14:23 If therefore the whole church is assembled in one place, and all speak in languages, and there come in [those that are] unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are insane? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or [one] unlearned, he is convinced by all, he is judged by all: 1 Corinthians 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on [his] face, he will worship God, and report that God is in you in truth.

The true use of each is taught,

1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye are assembled, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a language, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done to edification.

and the abuse taxed.

1 Corinthians 14:27 If any man speaketh in an [unknown] language, [let it be] by two, or at the most [by] three, and [that] by course; and let one interpret. 1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the others judge. 1 Corinthians 14:30 If [any thing] is revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches; for it is not permitted to them to speak: but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 1 Corinthians 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it to you only? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak in languages. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently, and in order.

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