The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Corinthians 14:1–40

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Pursue love, and desire the spiritual [gifts], but especially that you may prophesy.

Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.

Pursue charity. Be zealous for spiritual things, but only so that you may prophesy.

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For he who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men, but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

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.

For whoever speaks in tongues, speaks not to men, but to God. For no one understands. Yet by the Spirit, he speaks mysteries.

But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort.

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation.

But whoever prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

He who speaks in an [unknown] tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Whoever speaks in tongues edifies himself. But whoever prophesies edifies the Church.

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Now I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you should prophesy; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

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.

I would that you all spoke various tongues, but I would rather that you prophesied: for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks various tongues, unless he interpret; however, if he interpret it, he edifies the church.

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But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either in a revelation, or in knowledge, or in a prophesy, or in doctrine?

Now, my brethren, if I should come to you and speak in diverse tongues, what would I profit you, except I speak to you either by means of revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying or by teaching?

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?

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Likewise the lifeless things, when they make a sound, whether flute or harp, unless they make a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is being played on the flute, or what is being played on the harp?

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?

Even those things that are without a soul can make sounds, whether it is a wind or a stringed instrument. But unless they present a distinction within the sounds, how will it be known which is from the pipe and which is from the string?

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For if the trumpet gives an indistinct sound, who will prepare for battle?

For example, if the trumpet made an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for battle?

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So also you, [if you] do not give a clear word by the tongue, how will it be known what is being spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

So it is with you also, for unless you utter with the tongue in plain speech, how will it be known what is said? For then you would be speaking into the air.

Even so you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what you say? you shall speak as into the air.

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10  There are, perhaps, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them without meaning.

10  Consider that there are so many different kinds of languages in this world, and yet none is without a voice.

10  For, behold, there are many kinds of speech in the world, yet none of them are without expression.

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11  Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the sound, I shall be as a foreigner to the [one ]speaking, and the [one] speaking [shall be] as a foreigner to me.

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.

11  So if I do not understand the utterance, I shall be as a barbarian to the speaker, and the speaker shall be as a barbarian to me.

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12  So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that you may abound to the edification of the church.

12  So it is with you also. And since you are zealous for what is spiritual, seek the edification of the Church, so that you may abound.

12  Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

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13  Therefore let he that speaks in an [unknown] tongue pray that he may interpret.

13  For this reason, too, whoever speaks in tongues, let him pray for the interpretation.

13  Thus he who speaks in an unknown tongue, pray that he may interpret it.

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14  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

14  So, if I pray in tongues, my spirit prays, but my mind is without fruit.

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15  What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the mind. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the mind.

15  What is next? I should pray with the spirit, and also pray with the mind. I should sing psalms with the spirit, and also recite psalms with the mind.

15  What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, and I will pray with my understanding also: I will sing with my spirit, and I will sing with my understanding also.

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16  Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say "Amen"when you give thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?

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?

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17  For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

17  In this case, certainly, you give thanks well, but the other person is not edified.

17  For indeed you bless well, but your fellow man is not enlightened.

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18  I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

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19  but in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, in order that I may instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in an [unknown] tongue.

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.

19  But in the Church, I prefer to speak five words from my mind, so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in tongues.

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20  Brothers, do not be children in your understanding; rather, in malice be children, but in understanding be men.

20  Brethren, be not children in mind: yet in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men.

20  My brethren, be not like infants in your intelligence, only to evil things be like children, but in your understanding be mature.

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21  In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and by strange lips I will speak to this people; and yet not even in this way will they hear Me,"says YHWH.

21  It is written in the law: “I will speak to this people with other tongues and other lips, and even so, they will not heed me, says the Lord.”

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22  So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.

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23  If then the whole church comes together at the same place, and all speak in tongues, and there come in [those that are] unlearned or unbelievers, will they not say that you are mad?

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?

23  If then, the entire Church were to gather together as one, and if all were to speak in tongues, and then ignorant or unbelieving persons were to enter, would they not say that you were insane?

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24  But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an unlearned person comes in, he is reproved by all, he is discerned by all.

24  But if everyone prophesies, and one who is ignorant or unbelieving enters, he may be convinced by it all, because he understands it all.

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25  And so the secrets of his heart become clear; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God, reporting that God is truly among you!

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.

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26  What is it then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each of you has a song, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.

26  Therefore I say to you, my brethren, when you gather together, whoever among you has a psalm to sing, has a doctrine, has a revelation, has the gift of tongues, or the gift of interpretation, let everything be done for edification.

27  If anyone speaks in an [unknown] tongue, [let it be ]by two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.

27  And if any man should speak in an unknown tongue, let two or at most three speak, and speak one by one; and let one interpret.

28  But if there is no interpreter, let him be silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.

28  But if there is no one to interpret, let him who speaks in an unknown tongue keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.

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29  Let two or three prophets speak, and let others discriminate.

29  And let the prophets speak [by] two or three, and let the others discern.

29  Let the prophets speak two or three in turn, and let the others discern what is said.

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30  But if [something] is revealed to another who sits by, let the first be silent.

30  And if anything is revealed to another who is seated, let the first speaker hold his peace.

30  If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

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31  For you can all prophesy [one] by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

31  For you are all able to prophesy one at a time, so that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

31  For you may all prophesy one by one, so that every one may learn, and every one be comforted.

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32  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

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33  For God is not [the author] of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

33  And God is not of dissension, but of peace, just as I also teach in all the churches of the saints.

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34  let your women be silent in the churches, for it is not permitted for them to speak, but to be in subjection, just as the law also says.

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.

34  Women should be silent in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but instead, they should be subordinate, as the law also says.

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35  And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

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36  Or did the word of God go forth from you? Or did it come to you only?

36  What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone?

36  So now, did the Word of God proceed from you? Or was it sent to you alone?

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37  If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or [is] spiritual[,] let him recognize that the things which I am writing to you are the commandments of YHWH.

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.

37  If anyone seems to be a prophet or a spiritual person, he should understand these things which I am writing to you, that these things are the commandments of the Lord.

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38  But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

38  If anyone does not recognize these things, he should not be recognized.

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39  Therefore, brothers, seek to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

39  Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

39  And so, brothers, be zealous to prophesy, and do not prohibit speaking in tongues.

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40  Let all things be done properly and according to order.

40  But let all things be done decently and in order.

40  But let everything be done respectfully and according to proper order.