1 Corinthians 142 For one who speaks in an tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things . 3 But , the one who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies and improves himself, but he who prophesies edifies and improves the church and promotes growth . 5 Now I wish that you might all speak in tongues, but more especially to prophesy (to be inspired to preach and interpret the divine will and purpose). He who prophesies is greater (more useful and more important) than he who speaks in tongues, unless he should interpret , so that the church may be edified and receive good . 6 Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how shall I make it to your advantage unless I speak to you either in revelation (disclosure of God's will to man) in knowledge or in prophecy or in instruction? 7 If even inanimate musical instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know or understand what is played? 8 And if the war bugle gives an uncertain (indistinct) call, who will prepare for battle? 9 Just so it is with you; if you in the tongue speak words that are not intelligible, how will anyone understand what you are saying? For you will be talking into empty space! 10 There are, I suppose, all these many tongues in the world , and none is destitute of expression and meaning. 11 But if I do not know the force and significance of the speech (language), I shall seem to be a foreigner to the one who speaks , and the speaker who addresses will seem a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with yourselves; since you are so eager and ambitious to possess spiritual endowments and manifestations of the Spirit, striving to excel and to abound in ways that will build up the church. 13 Therefore, the person who speaks in an tongue should pray to interpret and explain what he says. 14 For if I pray in an tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive . 15 Then what am I to do? I will pray with my spirit , but I will also pray with my mind and understanding; I will sing with my spirit , but I will sing with my mind and understanding also. 16 Otherwise, if you bless and render thanks with spirit , how can anyone in the position of an outsider or he who is not gifted with tongues, say the Amen to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 To be sure, you may give thanks well (nobly), but the bystander is not edified . 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues (languages) more than any of you or all of you put together; 19 Nevertheless, in public worship, I would rather say five words with my understanding and intelligently in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue (language). 20 Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; continue to be babes in evil, but in your minds be mature . 21 It is written in the Law, By men of strange languages and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and not even then will they listen to Me, says the Lord. 22 Thus tongues are meant for a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers , while prophecy (inspired preaching and teaching, interpreting the divine will and purpose) is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 Therefore, if the whole church assembles and all of you speak in tongues, and the ungifted and uninitiated or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are demented? 24 But if all prophesy and an unbeliever or untaught outsider comes in, he is told of his sin and reproved and convicted and convinced by all, and his defects and needs are examined (estimated, determined) and he is called to account by all, 25 The secrets of his heart are laid bare; and so, falling on face, he will worship God, declaring that God is among you in very truth. 26 What then, brethren, is ? When you meet together, each one has a hymn, a teaching, a disclosure of special knowledge or information, an utterance in a tongue, or an interpretation of it. let everything be constructive and edifying and for the good of all. 27 If some speak in a tongue, let the number be limited to two or at the most three, and each one turn, and let one interpret and explain . 28 But if there is no one to do the interpreting, let each of them keep still in church and talk to himself and to God. 29 So let two or three prophets speak , while the rest pay attention and weigh and discern what is said. 30 But if an inspired revelation comes to another who is sitting by, then let the first one be silent. 31 For in this way you can give testimony one by one, so that all may be instructed and all may be stimulated and encouraged; 32 For the spirits of the prophets (the speakers in tongues) are under the speaker's control , 33 For He is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order. As in all the churches of the saints (God's people), 34 The women should keep quiet in the churches, for they are not authorized to speak, but should take a secondary and subordinate place, just as the Law also says. 35 But if there is anything they want to learn, they should ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to talk in church . 36 What! Did the word of the Lord originate with you , or has it reached only you? 37 If anyone thinks and claims that he is a prophet or has any other spiritual endowment, let him understand (recognize and acknowledge) that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord. 38 But if anyone disregards or does not recognize , he is disregarded and not recognized . 39 So , my brethren, earnestly desire and set your hearts on prophesying (on being inspired to preach and teach and to interpret God's will and purpose), and do not forbid or hinder speaking in tongues. 40 But all things should be done with regard to decency and propriety and in an orderly fashion.
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