1 Corinthians 14
Prophecy is commended,
1 Corinthians 14:1 Sue ye charite, loue ye spiritual thingis, but more that ye prophecien.
and preferred before speaking with tongues,
1 Corinthians 14:2 And he that spekith in tunge, spekith not to men, but to God; for no man herith. But the spirit spekith mysteries. 1 Corinthians 14:3 For he that prophecieth, spekith to men to edificacioun, and monestyng, and coumfortyng. 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that spekith in tunge, edifieth hym silf; but he that prophecieth, edifieth the chirche of God. 1 Corinthians 14:5 And Y wole, that alle ye speke in tungis, but more that ye prophecie. For he that prophecieth, is more than he that spekith in langagis; but perauenture he expoune, that the chirche take edificacioun.
by a comparison drawn from musical instruments.
1 Corinthians 14:6 But now, britheren, if Y come to you, and speke in langagis, what schal Y profite to you, but if Y speke to you ethir in reuelacioun, ethir in science, ethir in prophecie, ether in techyng? 1 Corinthians 14:7 For tho thingis that ben withouten soule, and yyueth voices, ethir pipe, ether harpe, but tho yyuen distinccioun of sownyngis, hou schal it be knowun that is sungun, ether that that is trumpid? 1 Corinthians 14:8 For if a trumpe yyue an vncerteyn soune, who schal make hym silf redi to batel? 1 Corinthians 14:9 So but ye yyuen an opyn word bi tunge, hou schal that that is seid be knowun? For ye schulen be spekynge in veyn. 1 Corinthians 14:10 There ben many kyndis of langagis in this world, and no thing is with outen vois. 1 Corinthians 14:11 But if Y knowe not the vertu of a vois, Y schal be to hym, to whom Y schal speke, a barbarik; and he that spekith to me, schal be a barbarik.
Both must be referred to edification,
1 Corinthians 14:12 So ye, for ye ben loueris of spiritis, seke ye that ye be plenteuouse to edificacioun of the chirche. 1 Corinthians 14:13 And therfor he that spekith in langage, preie, that he expowne. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For if Y preye in tunge, my spirit preieth; myn vndurstondyng is with outen fruyt. 1 Corinthians 14:15 What thanne? Y schal preye in spirit, Y schal preye in mynde; Y schal seie salm, in spirit, Y schal seie salm also in mynde. 1 Corinthians 14:16 For if thou blessist in spirit, who fillith the place of an ydiot, hou schal he seie Amen on thi blessyng, for he woot not, what thou seist? 1 Corinthians 14:17 For thou doist wel thankyngis, but an othir man is not edefied. 1 Corinthians 14:18 Y thanke my God, for Y speke in the langage of alle you; 1 Corinthians 14:19 but in the chirche Y wole speke fyue wordis in my wit, that also Y teche othere men, than ten thousynde of wordis in tunge. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Britheren, nyle ye be maad children in wittis, but in malice be ye children; but in wittis be ye parfit. 1 Corinthians 14:21 For in the lawe it is writun, That in othere tungis and othere lippis Y schal speke to this puple, and nether so thei schulen here me, seith the Lord.
as to their true and proper end.
1 Corinthians 14:22 Therfor langagis ben in to tokene, not to feithful men, but to men out of the feith; but prophecies ben not to men out of the feith, but to feithful men. 1 Corinthians 14:23 Therfor if alle the chirche come togidere in to oon, and alle men speken in tungis, if idiotis, ether men out of the feith, entren, whether thei schulen not seie, What ben ye woode? 1 Corinthians 14:24 But if alle men prophecien, if ony vnfeithful man or idiot entre, he is conuyct of alle, he is wiseli demyd of alle. 1 Corinthians 14:25 For the hid thingis of his herte ben knowun, and so he schal falle doun on the face, and schal worschipe God, and schewe verili that God is in you.
The true use of each is taught,
1 Corinthians 14:26 What thanne, britheren? Whanne ye comen togidere, ech of you hath a salm, he hath techyng, he hath apocalips, he hath tunge, he hath expownyng; alle thingis be thei don to edificacioun.
and the abuse taxed.
1 Corinthians 14:27 Whether a man spekith in tunge, bi twei men, ethir thre at the moste, and bi partis, that oon interprete. 1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there be not an interpretour, be he stille in the chirche, and speke he to hym silf and to God. 1 Corinthians 14:29 Prophetis tweine or thre seie, and othere wiseli deme. 1 Corinthians 14:30 But if ony thing be schewid to a sittere, the formere be stille. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For ye moun prophecie alle, ech bi hym silf, that alle men lerne, and alle moneste. 1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spiritis of prophetis ben suget to prophetis; 1 Corinthians 14:33 for whi God is not of discencioun, but of pees; as in alle chirchis of hooli men Y teche.
Women are forbidden to speak in the Church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 Wymmen in chirchis be stille; for it is not suffrid to hem to speke, but to be suget, as the lawe seith. 1 Corinthians 14:35 But if thei wolen ony thing lerne, at home axe thei her hosebondis; for it is foule thing to a womman to speke in chirche. 1 Corinthians 14:36 Whether of you the word of God cam forth, or to you aloone it cam? 1 Corinthians 14:37 If ony man is seyn to be a prophete, or spiritual, knowe he tho thingis that Y write to you, for tho ben the comaundementis of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:38 And if ony man vnknowith, he schal be vnknowun. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Therfor, britheren, loue ye to prophecie, and nyle ye forbede to speke in tungis. 1 Corinthians 14:40 But be alle thingis don onestli, and bi due ordre in you.