1 Corinthians 14:1-5 New International Version

Speaking in Tongues

14 1  Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2  For anyone who speaks in a tongue[1] does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3  But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4  Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5  I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[2] but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[2] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.


Footnotes

[1] 14:2 Or "in another language" ; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27

[2] 14:5 Or "in other languages" ; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39

[3] 14:5 Or "in other languages" ; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39

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