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1 Corinthians 14 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Prophecy a Superior Gift

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Pursue love, yet earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:2 - For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people, but to God; for no one [fn]understands, but [fn]in his spirit he speaks mysteries.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:3 - But the one who prophesies speaks to people for edification, [fn]exhortation, and consolation.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:4 - The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:5 - Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but rather that you would prophesy; and greater is the one who prophesies than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edification.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:6 -

But now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophecy, or of teaching?

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:7 - Yet even lifeless instruments, whether flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:8 - For if the trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:9 - So you too, unless you produce intelligible speech by the tongue, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will just be talking to the air.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:10 - There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of [fn]languages in the world, and none is incapable of meaning.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:11 - So if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be unintelligible to the one who speaks, and the one who speaks will be unintelligible [fn]to me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:12 - So you too, since you are eager to possess [fn]spiritual gifts, strive to excel for the edification of the church.
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Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue is to pray that he may interpret.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:14 - For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:15 - What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit, but I will sing with the mind also.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:16 - For otherwise, if you bless God [fn]in the spirit only, how will the one who occupies the place of the [fn]outsider know to say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you are saying?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:17 - For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:18 - I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:19 - nevertheless, in church I prefer to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Instruction for the Church

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Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:22 - So then, tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:23 - Therefore if the whole church gathers together and all the people speak in tongues, and [fn]outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are insane?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:24 - But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an [fn]outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:25 - the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.
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What is the outcome then, brothers and sisters? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. All things are to be done for edification.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:27 - If anyone speaks in a tongue, it must be by two or at the most three, and each one in turn, and one is to interpret;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:28 - but if there is no interpreter, he is to keep silent in church; and have him speak to himself and to God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:29 - Have two or three prophets speak, and have the others pass judgment.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:30 - But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, then the first one is to keep silent.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:31 - For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be [fn]exhorted;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:32 - and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:33 - for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.

As in all the churches of the [fn]saints,

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:34 - the women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:35 - If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is [fn]improper for a woman to speak in church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:36 - Or was it from you that the word of God first went out? Or has it come to you only?
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If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:38 - But if anyone does not recognize this, [fn]he is not recognized.
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Therefore, my brothers and sisters, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:40 - But all things must be done properly and in an orderly way.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit hears
Or by the Spirit
Or encouragement
Lit voices
Or in my estimation
Lit spirits
Or with the
Lit private person
I.e., Old Testament, Isaiah
See note 2 v 16
See note 2 v 16
Or encouraged
I.e., God’s people
Or disgraceful
Two early mss let him continue not to recognize it

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