14Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.G1377G26G1161G2206G4152G1161G3123G2443G4395 2For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won't be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious.G1063G2980G1100G2980G3756G444G235G2316G1063G3762G191G1161G4151G2980G3466 3But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.G1161G4395G2980G444G3619G2532G3874G2532G3889 4A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.G2980G1100G3618G1438G1161G4395G3618G1577 5I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.G1161G2309G5209G3956G2980G1100G1161G3123G2443G4395G1063G3187G4395G2228G2980G1100G1622G1508G1329G2443G1577G2983G3619 6Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful.G1161G3570G80G1437G2064G4314G5209G2980G1100G5101G5623G5209G3362G2980G5213G2228G1722G602G2228G1722G1108G2228G1722G4394G2228G1722G1322 7Even lifeless instruments like the flute or the harp must play the notes clearly, or no one will recognize the melody.G3676G895G1325G5456G1535G836G1535G2788G3362G1325G1293G5353G4459G1097G832G2228G2789 8And if the bugler doesn't sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle?G1063G2532G1437G4536G1325G82G5456G5101G3903G1519G4171 9It's the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don't understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space.G3779G2532G5210G3362G1325G1223G1100G3056G2154G4459G1097G2980G1063G2071G2980G1519G109 10There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning.G1487G2076G5177G5118G1085G5456G1722G2889G2532G3762G880G846 11But if I don't understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me.G3767G3362G1492G3362G1411G5456G2071G2980G915G2532G2980G915G1722G1698 12And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.G2532G3779G5210G1893G2075G2207G4151G2212G2443G4052G4314G3619G1577 13So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said.G1355G2980G1100G4336G2443G1329 14For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don't understand what I am saying.G1063G1437G4336G1100G3450G4151G4336G1161G3450G3563G2076G175 15Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand.G5101G2076G3767G4336G4151G1161G4336G3563G2532G5567G4151G1161G5567G3563G2532 16For if you praise God only in the spirit, how can those who don't understand you praise God along with you? How can they join you in giving thanks when they don't understand what you are saying?G1893G1437G2127G4151G4459G378G5117G2399G2046G281G1909G4674G2169G1894G1492G3756G5101G3004 17You will be giving thanks very well, but it won't strengthen the people who hear you.G1063G4771G3303G2168G2573G235G2087G3618G3756G3618 18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you.G2168G3450G2316G2980G1100G3123G5216G3956 19But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.G235G1722G1577G2309G2980G4002G3056G1223G3450G3563G2443G2727G243G2532G2228G3463G3056G1722G1100 20Dear brothers and sisters, don't be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind.G80G1096G3361G3813G5424G235G2549G3515G1161G5424G1096G5046 21It is written in the Scriptures: "I will speak to my own people through strange languages and through the lips of foreigners. But even then, they will not listen to me," says the LORD.G1722G3551G1125G3754G1722G2084G2532G1722G2087G5491G2980G5129G2992G2532G3779G1522G3761G1522G3450G3004G2962 22So you see that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers.G5620G1100G1526G1519G4592G3756G4100G235G571G1161G4394G3756G571G235G4100 23Even so, if unbelievers or people who don't understand these things come into your church meeting and hear everyone speaking in an unknown language, they will think you are crazy.G1437G3767G3650G1577G4905G1909G846G2532G3956G2980G1100G1161G1525G2399G2228G571G2046G3756G2046G3754G3105 24But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don't understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say.G1161G1437G3956G4395G1161G1525G5100G571G2228G2399G1651G5259G3956G350G5259G3956 25As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, "God is truly here among you."G2532G3779G1096G2927G846G2588G1096G5318G2532G3779G4098G1909G4383G4352G2316G518G3754G2316G2076G1722G5213G3689 26Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.G5101G2076G3767G80G3752G4905G1538G5216G2192G5568G2192G1322G2192G1100G2192G602G2192G2058G1096G3956G1096G4314G3619 27No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say.G1535G5100G2980G1100G2596G1417G2228G4118G5140G2532G303G3313G2532G1329G1520G1329 28But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately.G1161G3362G5600G3362G1328G4601G1722G1577G1161G2980G1438G2532G2316 29Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said.G1161G2980G4396G2980G1417G2228G5140G2532G1252G243G1252 30But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop.G1161G1437G601G243G2521G4601G4413G4601 31In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged.G1063G1410G3956G4395G2596G1520G2443G3956G3129G2532G3956G3870 32Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns.G2532G4151G4396G5293G4396 33For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God's holy people.G1063G2316G2076G3756G181G235G1515G5613G1722G3956G1577G40 34Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says.G4601G5216G1135G4601G1722G1577G1063G2010G3756G2010G846G2980G235G5293G2531G2532G3004G3551 35If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.G1161G1487G2309G3129G5100G1905G2398G435G1722G3624G1063G2076G149G1135G2980G1722G1577 36Or do you think God's word originated with you Corinthians? Are you the only ones to whom it was given?G2228G1831G3056G2316G1831G575G5216G2228G2658G1519G5209G3441 37If you claim to be a prophet or think you are spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself.G1536G1380G1511G4396G2228G4152G1921G3754G3739G1125G5213G1526G1785G2962 38But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized.G1161G1536G50G50 39So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues.G5620G80G2206G4395G2532G2967G3361G2980G1100 40But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.G1096G3956G1096G2156G2532G2596G5010
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