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1 Corinthians 14 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Prophecy and Tongues
Principles Concerning Spiritual Gifts
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:1 - Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:2 - For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:3 - But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:4 - He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:5 - I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for[fn] he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
Tongues Must Be Interpreted
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:6 - But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:7 - Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:8 - For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:9 - So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:10 - There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:11 - Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:12 - Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:13 - Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:14 - For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:15 - What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:16 - Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:17 - For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:18 - I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:19 - yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Tongues a Sign to Unbelievers
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:20 - Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:21 - In the law it is written:

“With men of other tongues and other lips
I will speak to this people;
And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,”
says the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:22 - Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:23 - Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:24 - But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:25 - And thus[fn] the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
Order in Church Meetings
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:26 - How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:27 - If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:28 - But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:29 - Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:30 - But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:31 - For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
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 the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:34 - Let your[fn] women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:35 - And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:36 - Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:37 - If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:38 - But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:39 - Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:40 - Let all things be done decently and in order.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads and.
Isaiah 28:11, 12
NU-Text omits And thus.
NU-Text omits your.
NU-Text reads if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

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