F. The Excelling of Prophesying
1. Building Up the Church More
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.