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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
CORINTHIANS

CHAPTER 14

F. The Excelling of Prophesying
14:1-25

1. Building Up the Church More
vv.1-19


1 1aPursue blove, and 2cdesire earnestly dspiritual gifts, but especially that you may 3eprophesy.

2 1For he who speaks in a atongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one hears, but in his bspirit he speaks cmysteries.

3 But he who prophesies speaks 1abuilding up and encouragement and consolation to men.

4 He who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but he who prophesies 1abuilds up the bchurch.

5 I desire that you all speak in tongues, but especially that you would aprophesy; and bgreater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in tongues, unless he cinterprets, that the church may receive building up.

6 But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in atongues, what will I bprofit you, unless I speak to you either in crevelation or in dknowledge or in eprophecy or in fteaching?

7 Yet even 1lifeless things, whether flute or harp, in giving a sound, if they give 2no distinction in the tones, how will what is played on the flute or on the harp be known?

8 For also if the atrumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for bbattle?

9 So also you, unless you give with the tongue a word easy to understand, how will what is being said be known? For you will be speaking into the aair.

10 There are perhaps many kinds of 1voices in the world, and not one is 2without significance.

11 If then I do not know the 1meaning of the voice, I will be to him who is speaking a 2barbarian, and he who is speaking a 2abarbarian to me.

12 So also you, since you are zealous of 1aspirits, seek that you may 2excel for the 3bbuilding up of the church.

13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may ainterpret.

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my 1aspirit prays, but my 1bmind is unfruitful.

15 What then? I will pray with the aspirit, and I will pray 1also 2with the mind; I will bsing with the spirit, and I will csing 1also 2with the mind.

16 Otherwise if you abless with the spirit, how shall he who fills the place of the 1unlearned in tongues say the 2bAmen at your giving of cthanks, since he does not know what you are saying?

17 For you give thanks well, but the other is not 1abuilt up.

18 I thank God, I speak in tongues more than all of you,

19 But in the church I would rather aspeak 1five words 2with my mind, that I might instruct others also, than 1ten thousand words in a tongue.


2. Convicting People More
vv.20-25


20 Brothers, do not be 1achildren in your 2understanding, but in bmalice be cbabes and in your 2understanding be 3dfull-grown.

21 In the 1alaw it is written, 2b"By those of other tongues and with the lips of others I will speak to this people; even so they will not listen to Me, says the Lord.''

22 So then tongues are for a 1sign, not to those who believe but to the unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign not to the unbelievers but to those who believe.

23 If therefore the whole church acomes together in one place, and 1all speak in tongues, and some unlearned in tongues or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are 2binsane?

24 But if 1aall prophesy and some unbeliever or unlearned person enters, he is 2convicted by all, he is 2examined by all;

25 The secrets of his aheart become manifest; and so bfalling on his face, he will worship 1God, declaring that indeed 1God is camong you.


G. Functioning in the Church
14:26-40

1. Concerning Each One
v.26


26 What then, brothers? Whenever you acome together, each one 1has a bpsalm, has a cteaching, has a drevelation, has a etongue, has an finterpretation. Let all things be done for 2gbuilding up.


2. Concerning Speaking in Tongues
vv.27-28


27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by atwo, or at the most three, and in turn, and one should interpret;

28 But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent ain the 1church, and speak to himself and to God.


3. Concerning Prophesying
vv.29-33a


29 And as to prophets, atwo or three should speak, and the others 1bdiscern.

30 But if something is revealed to another sitting by, the first should be silent.

31 For 1you can aall prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be 2encouraged.

32 And the 1aspirits of prophets are bsubject to prophets;

33 For God is not a God of aconfusion but of 1peace. 2As in ball the 3churches of the csaints,


4. Concerning Women
vv.33b-38


34 The awomen should be silent 1bin the churches, for they are not permitted to 2speak; but they should be csubject, even as the 3dlaw also says.

35 But if they desire to learn anything, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.

36 Or was it from you that the word of God went forth? Or 1did it reach only to you?

37 If anyone thinks he is a 1aprophet or bspiritual, let him fully know the things which I write to you, that they are the 2ccommandment of the Lord.

38 But if anyone aignores this, let him ignore it.


5. Conclusion
vv.39-40

39 So then, my brothers, 1adesire earnestly the bprophesying, and 1do not forbid the speaking in tongues.

40 But all things must be done 1becomingly and in 1aorder.