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1 Corinthians 14 :: American Standard Version (ASV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:1 - Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:2 - For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God; for no man understandeth; but in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:3 - But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:4 - He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:5 - Now I would have you all speak with tongues, but rather that ye should prophesy: and greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:6 - But now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:7 - Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they give not a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:8 - For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:9 - So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue speech easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:10 - There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and no kind is without signification.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:11 - If then 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 unto me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:12 - So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may abound unto the edifying of the church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:13 - Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:14 - For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:16 - Else if thou bless with the spirit, how shall he that filleth the place of the unlearned say the Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he knoweth not what thou sayest?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:17 - For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:18 - I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all:
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:19 - howbeit in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Instruction for the Church

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:20 - Brethren, be not children in mind: yet in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:21 - In the law it is written, By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers will I speak unto this people; and not even thus will they hear me, saith the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:22 - Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to the unbelieving: but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to them that believe.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:23 - If therefore the whole church be assembled together and all speak with tongues, and there come in men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are mad?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:24 - But if all prophesy, and there come in one unbelieving or unlearned, he is reproved by all, he is judged by all;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:25 - the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:26 - What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:27 - If any man speaketh in a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and that in turn; and let one interpret:
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:28 - but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:29 - And let the prophets speak by two or three, and let the others discern.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:30 - But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first keep silence.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:31 - For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:32 - and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:33 - for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:34 - let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:35 - And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:36 - What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:37 - If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:38 - But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:39 - Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:40 - But let all things be done decently and in order.

Thomas Nelson & Sons first published the American Standard Version in 1901. This translation of the Bible is in the public domain.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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