Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts,
but rather that ye may prophesy.
14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue
speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man
understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh
14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to
edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth
himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the
14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but
rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that
prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues,
except he interpret, that the church may receive
14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with
tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall
speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge,
or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
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
14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who
shall prepare himself to the battle?
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 shall speak into the air.
14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices
in the world, and none of them is without
14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the
voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a
barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian
14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of
spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the
edifying of the church.
14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown
tongue pray that he may interpret.
14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit
prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
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
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?
14:17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the
other is not edified.
14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than
14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five
words with my understanding, that by my voice I
might teach others also, than ten thousand words in
an unknown tongue.
14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding:
howbeit in malice be ye children, but in
understanding be men.
14:21 In the law it is written, With men of other
tongues and other lips will I speak unto this
people; and yet for all that will they not hear me,
saith the Lord.
14:22 Wherefore tongues 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 which believe.
14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together
into one place, and all speak with tongues, and
there come in those that are unlearned, or
unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one
that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is
convinced of all, he is judged of all:
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 of a
14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come
together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a
doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an
interpretation. Let all things be done unto
14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it
be by two, or at the most by three, and that by
course; and let one interpret.
14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep
silence in the church; and let him speak to himself,
and to God.
14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let
the other judge.
14:30 If any thing be revealed to another that
sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all
may learn, and all may be comforted.
14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to
14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of
peace, as in all churches of the saints.
14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches:
for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they
are commanded to be under obedience as also saith
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.
14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or
came it unto you only?
14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or
spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that
I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be
14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and
forbid not to speak with tongues.
14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
The Book of 1 Corinthians, Verses of Chapter 14