1 Corinthians 12-14 Darby’s Translation

Spiritual Gifts

12 1  But concerning spiritual [manifestations], brethren, I do not wish you to be ignorant. 2  Ye know that when ye were [of the] nations [ye were] led away to dumb idols, in whatever way ye might be led. 3  I give you therefore to know, that no one, speaking in [the power of the] Spirit of God, says, Curse [on] Jesus; and no one can say, Lord Jesus, unless in [the power of the] Holy Spirit. 4  But there are distinctions of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5  and there are distinctions of services, and the same Lord; 6  and there are distinctions of operations, but the same God who operates all things in all. 7  But to each the manifestation of the Spirit is given for profit. 8  For to one, by the Spirit, is given [the] word of wisdom; and to another [the] word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; 9  and to a different one faith, in [the power of] the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healing in [the power of] the same Spirit; 10  and to another operations of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; and to a different one kinds of tongues; and to another interpretation of tongues. 11  But all these things operates the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each in particular according as he pleases.

12  For even as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also [is] the Christ. 13  For also in [the power of] one Spirit we have all been baptised into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bondmen or free, and have all been given to drink of one Spirit. 14  For also the body is not one member but many. 15  If the foot say, Because I am not a hand I am not of the body, is it on account of this not indeed of the body? 16  And if the ear say, Because I am not an eye I am not of the body, is it on account of this not indeed of the body? 17  If the whole body [were] an eye, where the hearing? if all hearing, where the smelling? 18  But now God has set the members, each one of them in the body, according as it has pleased [him]. 19  But if all were one member, where the body? 20  But now the members [are] many, and the body one. 21  The eye cannot say to the hand, I have not need of thee; or again, the head to the feet, I have not need of you. 22  But much rather, the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23  and those [parts] of the body which we esteem to be the more void of honour, these we clothe with more abundant honour; and our uncomely [parts] have more abundant comeliness; 24  but our comely [parts] have not need. But God has tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to [the part] that lacked; 25  that there might be no division in the body, but that the members might have the same concern one for another. 26  And if one member suffer, all the members suffer with [it]; and if one member be glorified, all the members rejoice with [it].

27  Now ye are Christ's body, and members in particular. 28  And God has set certain in the assembly: first, apostles; secondly, prophets; thirdly, teachers; then miraculous powers; then gifts of healings; helps; governments; kinds of tongues. 29  [Are] all apostles? [are] all prophets? [are] all teachers? [are] all [in possession of] miraculous powers? 30  have all gifts of healings? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31  But desire earnestly the greater gifts, and yet shew I unto you a way of more surpassing excellence.


13 1  If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2  And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3  And if I shall dole out all my goods in food, and if I deliver up my body that I may be burned, but have not love, I profit nothing.

4  Love has long patience, is kind; love is not emulous [of others]; love is not insolent and rash, is not puffed up, 5  does not behave in an unseemly manner, does not seek what is its own, is not quickly provoked, does not impute evil, 6  does not rejoice at iniquity but rejoices with the truth, 7  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8  Love never fails; but whether prophecies, they shall be done away; or tongues, they shall cease; or knowledge, it shall be done away. 9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part: 10  but when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part shall be done away. 11  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I reasoned as a child; when I became a man, I had done with what belonged to the child. 12  For we see now through a dim window obscurely, but then face to face; now I know partially, but then I shall know according as I also have been known. 13  And now abide faith, hope, love; these three things; and the greater of these [is] love.

Speaking in Tongues

14 1  Follow after love, and be emulous of spiritual [manifestations], but rather that ye may prophesy. 2  For he that speaks with a tongue does not speak to men but to God: for no one hears; but in spirit he speaks mysteries. 3  But he that prophesies speaks to men [in] edification, and encouragement, and consolation. 4  He that speaks with a tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies [the] assembly. 5  Now I desire that ye should all speak with tongues, but rather that ye should prophesy. But greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, unless he interpret, that the assembly may receive edification.

6  And now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I shall speak to you either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophecy, or in teaching? 7  Even lifeless things giving a sound, whether pipe or harp, if they give not distinction to the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 8  For also, if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for war? 9  Thus also ye with the tongue, unless ye give a distinct speech, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking to the air. 10  There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of undistinguishable sound. 11  If therefore I do not know the power of the sound, I shall be to him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks a barbarian for me. 12  Thus ye also, since ye are desirous of spirits, seek that ye may abound for the edification of the assembly. 13  Wherefore let him that speaks with a tongue pray that he may interpret. 14  For if I pray with a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15  What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray also with the understanding; I will sing with the spirit, but I will sing also with the understanding. 16  Since otherwise, if thou blessest with [the] spirit, how shall he who fills the place of the simple [Christian] say Amen, at thy giving of thanks, since he does not know what thou sayest? 17  For thou indeed givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18  I thank God I speak in a tongue more than all of you: 19  but in [the] assembly I desire to speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also, [rather] than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20  Brethren, be not children in [your] minds, but in malice be babes; but in [your] minds be grown [men].

21  It is written in the law, By people of other tongues, and by strange lips, will I speak to this people; and neither thus will they hear me, saith the Lord. 22  So that tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to unbelievers; but prophecy, not to unbelievers, but to those who believe. 23  If therefore the whole assembly come together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and simple [persons] enter in, or unbelievers, will not they say ye are mad? 24  But if all prophesy, and some unbeliever or simple [person] come in, he is convicted of all, he is judged of all; 25  the secrets of his heart are manifested; and thus, falling upon [his] face, he will do homage to God, reporting that God is indeed amongst you.

26  What is it then, brethren? whenever ye come together, each [of you] has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to edification. 27  If any one speak with a tongue, [let it be] two, or at the most three, and separately, and let one interpret; 28  but if there be no interpreter, let him be silent in [the] assembly, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29  And let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30  But if there be a revelation to another sitting [there], let the first be silent. 31  For ye can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all be encouraged. 32  And spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33  For God is not [a God] of disorder but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints.

34  Let [your] women be silent in the assemblies, for it is not permitted to them to speak; but to be in subjection, as the law also says. 35  But if they wish to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in assembly.

36  Did the word of God go out from you, or did it come to you only? 37  If any one thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him recognise the things that I write to you, that it is [the] Lord's commandment. 38  But if any be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39  So that, brethren, desire to prophesy, and do not forbid the speaking with tongues. 40  But let all things be done comelily and with order.

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