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? Christians should be like children, void of guile and malice; yet they should not be unskilful as to the word of righteousness, but only as to the arts of mischief. Also, want very much to receive spiritual gifts from God. 1 Corinthians chapter 14 KJV (King James Version) 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. There seems to be a contradiction between 1 Corinthians 14:22 and 1 Corinthians 14:23-25. ii. (1-5) The unprofitableness of speaking in unknown languages. Tongue-Tied. To be able to pray and sing with both the spirit and the understanding, that all might be edified (14-19) C. ANOTHER COMPARISON BETWEEN TONGUES AND PROPHESYING (20-25) 1. Prophecy and Tongues. Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.. 2. An interpreter was necessary for those present to understand and benefit from what the tongues-speaker was saying in a strange language ( 1 Corinthians 14:5; 1 Corinthians 14:13). came the word of God out from you? 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet(BD) or otherwise gifted by the Spirit,(BE) let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 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. (1 Corinthians 14:1-3) The Corinthian church was placing an excessive emphasis on the fascinating gift of speaking in different languages (or, “tongues,”) and disparaging the more useful gifts, such as prophecy (which in the early church would be a means of edification for the entire assembled body). 1 So, you must always want to love other people. 1 Corinthians: Chapter 14. The man who is inspired by the Spirit of God will observe order and decency in delivering his revelations. 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. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. 26 How is it then, brethren? Children are apt to be struck with novelty; but do not act like them. Even fervent, spiritual affection must be governed by the exercise of the understanding, else men will disgrace the truths they profess to promote.6-14 Even an apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understood by his hearers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? The gift of prophecy, on the other hand, involved revelation from God to an individual for the purpose of communicating that message to the church. Scripture truth, plainly and duly taught, has a wonderful power to awaken the conscience and touch the heart.26-33 Religious exercises in public assemblies should have this view; Let all be done to edifying. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. (AL) When you come together, each of you(AM) has a hymn,(AN) or a word of instruction,(AO) a revelation, a tongue(AP) or an interpretation. 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. (15-25) Disorders from vain display of gifts; (26-33) and from women speaking in the church. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. His conscience might be touched, the secrets of his heart might be revealed to him, and so he might be brought to confess his guilt, and to own that God was present in the assembly. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,[d] say “Amen”(Z) to your thanksgiving,(AA) since they do not know what you are saying? This drew attention, more than the plain interpretation of Scripture; it gratified pride more, but promoted the purposes of Christian charity less; it would not equally do good to the souls of men. 15 What is it then? 1 Corinthians 14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Prophecy a Superior Gift. The most useful gift, in Paul's opinion, is prophecy. Yet thus the preachers did who delivered their instructions in an unknown tongue. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 14 Follow the way of love(A) and eagerly desire(B) gifts of the Spirit,(C) especially prophecy. Tongues are a sign for unbelievers, while prophesying is for believers (20-22) 2. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? (AQ) Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 14. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue # 14:2 Or in another language; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27 does not speak to people but to God. 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