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1 Corinthians 14 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:1 - Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:2 - For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:3 - On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
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 - Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:6 - Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how shall I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:7 - If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will any one know what is played?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:8 - And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:9 - So with yourselves; if you in a tongue utter speech that is not intelligible, how will any one know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:10 - There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:11 - but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:12 - So with yourselves; since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:13 - Therefore, he who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:14 - For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:15 - What am I to do? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:16 - Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how can any one in the position of an outsider say the "Amen" to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:17 - For you may give thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:18 - I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:19 - nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Instruction for the Church

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:20 - Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:21 - In the law it is written, "By men of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord."
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:22 - Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:23 - If, therefore, the whole church assembles and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:24 - But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or 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, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:26 - What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:27 - If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:28 - But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silence in church and speak to himself and to God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:29 - Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:30 - If a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first be silent.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:31 - For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged;
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 saints,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:34 - the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:35 - If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:36 - What! Did the word of God originate with you, or are you the only ones it has reached?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:37 - If any one thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:38 - If any one does not recognize this, he is not recognized.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:39 - So, my brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 14:40 - but all things should be done decently and in order.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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