King James Version1 Corinthians14

1 Corinthians

1 Fol­low af­ter char­i­ty, and de­sire spir­i­tu­al gifts, but rather that ye may proph­esy. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man un­der­standeth him; how­beit in the spir­it he speaketh mys­ter­ies. 3 But he that proph­e­si­eth speaketh unto men to ed­i­fi­ca­tion, and ex­hor­ta­tion, and com­fort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue ed­i­fi­eth him­self; but he that proph­e­si­eth ed­i­fi­eth the church. 5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye proph­e­sied: for greater is he that proph­e­si­eth than he that speaketh with tongues, ex­cept he in­ter­pret, that the church may re­ceive ed­i­fy­ing. 6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speak­ing with tongues, what shall I prof­it you, ex­cept I shall speak to you ei­ther by rev­e­la­tion, or by knowl­edge, or by proph­esy­ing, or by doc­trine? 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? 8 For if the trum­pet give an un­cer­tain sound, who shall pre­pare him­self to the bat­tle? 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 shall speak into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voic­es in the world, and none of them is with­out sig­ni­fi­ca­tion. 11 There­fore if I know not the mean­ing of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a bar­bar­ian, and he that speaketh shall be a bar­bar­ian unto me. 12 Even so ye, foras­much as ye are zeal­ous of spir­i­tu­al gifts, seek that ye may ex­cel to the ed­i­fy­ing of the church. 13 Where­fore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may in­ter­pret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spir­it prayeth, but my un­der­stand­ing is un­fruit­ful. 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. 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? 17 For thou ver­i­ly givest thanks well, but the oth­er is not ed­i­fied. 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my un­der­stand­ing, that ­by my voice I might teach oth­ers al­so, than ten thou­sand words in an unknown tongue. 20 Brethren, be not chil­dren in un­der­stand­ing: how­beit in mal­ice be ye chil­dren, but in un­der­stand­ing be men. 21 In the law it is writ­ten, With ­men of oth­er tongues and oth­er lips will I speak unto this peo­ple; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. 22 Where­fore tongues 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 which be­lieve. 23 If there­fore the whole church be come to­geth­er into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are un­learned, or un­be­liev­ers, will they not say that ye are mad? 24 But if all proph­esy, and there come in one that be­lieveth not, or one un­learned, he is con­vinced of all, he is judged of all: 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 of a truth. 26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come to­geth­er, ev­ery one of you hath a psalm, hath a doc­trine, hath a tongue, hath a rev­e­la­tion, hath an in­ter­pre­ta­tion. Let all things be done unto ed­i­fy­ing. 27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one in­ter­pret. 28 But if there be no in­ter­preter, let him keep si­lence in the church; and let him speak to him­self, and to God. 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the oth­er judge. 30 If any thing be re­vealed to an­oth­er that sit­teth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all proph­esy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be com­fort­ed. 32 And the spir­its of the prophets are sub­ject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of con­fu­sion, but of peace, as in all church­es of the saints. 34 Let your wom­en keep si­lence in the church­es: for it is not per­mit­ted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be un­der obe­di­ence, as also saith the law. 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 church. 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you on­ly? 37 If any man think him­self to be a prophet, or spir­i­tu­al, let him ac­knowl­edge that the things that I write unto you are the com­mand­ments of the Lord. 38 But if any man be ig­no­rant, let him be ig­no­rant. 39 Where­fore, brethren, cov­et to proph­esy, and for­bid not to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done de­cent­ly and in or­der.