1 Corinthians 14:21-40 Bible in Basic English

21  In the law it is said, By men of other tongues and by strange lips will my words come to this people; and not even so will they give ear to me, says the Lord. 22  For this reason tongues are for a sign, not to those who have faith, but to those who have not: but the prophet's word is for those who have faith, and not for the rest who have not. 23  If, then, the church has come together, and all are using tongues, and there come in men without knowledge or faith, will they not say that you are unbalanced? 24  But if all are teaching as prophets, and a man without faith or knowledge comes in, he is tested by all, he is judged by all; 25  The secrets of his heart are made clear; and he will go down on his face and give worship to God, saying that God is truly among you.

26  What is it then, my brothers? when you come together everyone has a holy song, or a revelation, or a tongue, or is giving the sense of it. Let everything be done for the common good. 27  If any man makes use of a tongue, let it not be more than two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let someone give the sense: 28  But if there is no one to give the sense, let him keep quiet in the church; and let his words be to himself and to God. 29  And let the prophets give their words, but not more than two or three, and let the others be judges of what they say. 30  But if a revelation is given to another who is seated near, let the first be quiet. 31  For you may all be prophets in turn so that all may get knowledge and comfort; 32  And the spirits of the prophets are controlled by the prophets; 33  For God is not a God whose ways are without order, but a God of peace; as in all the churches of the saints.

34  Let women keep quiet in the churches: for it is not right for them to be talking; but let them be under control, as it says in the law. 35  And if they have a desire for knowledge about anything, let them put questions to their husbands privately: for talking in the church puts shame on a woman.

36  What? was it from you that the word of God went out? or did it only come in to you? 37  If any man seems to himself to be a prophet or to have the Spirit, let him take note of the things which I am writing to you, as being the word of the Lord. 38  But if any man is without knowledge, let him be so. 39  So then, my brothers, let it be your chief desire to be prophets; but let no one be stopped from using tongues. 40  Let all things be done in the right and ordered way.


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