14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but
rather that ye may prophesy.
14:2 For he that speaketh in an [unknown] language, speaketh not
to men, but to God: for no man understandeth [him]; yet in the
spirit he speaketh mysteries.
14:3 But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men [to] edification,
and exhortation, and comfort.
14:4 He that speaketh in an [unknown] language edifieth himself;
but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
14:5 I would that ye all spoke in languages, but rather that ye
prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that
speaketh in languages, except he interpret, that the church may
14:6 Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in languages, 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 or harped?
14:8 For if the trumpet shall give an uncertain sound, who will
prepare himself for 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
will 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 signification.
14:11 Therefore, if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall
be to him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh [will
be] a barbarian to me.
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] language,
pray that he may interpret.
14:14 For if I pray in an [unknown] language, 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 understanding also.
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
14:18 I thank my God, I speak in languages more than ye all:
14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my
understanding, that [by my voice] I may teach others also, than
ten thousand words in an [unknown] language.
14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: yet 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 to this people; and yet for all that
will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
14:22 Wherefore languages 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 who
14:23 If therefore the whole church is assembled in one place,
and all speak in languages, and there come in [those that are]
unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are
14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth
not, or [one] unlearned, he is convinced by all, he is judged
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 in truth.
14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye are assembled, every one
of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a language, hath a
revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done to
14:27 If any man speaketh in an [unknown] language, [let it be]
by two, or at the most [by] three, and [that] by course; and
let one interpret.
14:28 But if there is 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 others
14:30 If [any thing] is 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 the
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 to them to speak: but [they are commanded] to be
under obedience, as also saith the law.
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
14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it to you
14:37 If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual,
let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the
commandments of the Lord.
14:38 But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to
speak in languages.
14:40 Let all things be done decently, and in order.