1 Corinthians 14:1-20 New American Standard Bible

Speaking in Tongues

14 Pursue love , yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy . 2  For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God ; for no one understands , but in his spirit he speaks mysteries . 3  But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation . 4  One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself ; but one who prophesies edifies the church . 5  Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues , but even more that you would prophesy ; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues , unless e he interprets , so that the church may receive edifying .

6  But now , brethren , if I come to you speaking in tongues , what will I profit you unless e I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching ? 7  Yet even lifeless things , either flute or harp , in producing a sound , if they do not produce a distinction in the tones , how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp ? 8  For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound , who will prepare himself for battle ? 9  So also you, unless e you utter by the tongue speech that is clear , how will it be known what is spoken ? For you will be speaking into the air . 10  There are, perhaps , a great many kinds of languages in the world , and no kind is without meaning . 11  If then I do not know the meaning of the language , I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian , and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me. 12  So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church . 13  Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret . 14  For if I pray in a tongue , my spirit prays , but my mind is unfruitful .

15  What is the outcome then ? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also ; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also . 16  Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the "Amen " at your giving of thanks , since he does not know what you are saying ? 17  For you are giving thanks well enough , but the other person is not edified . 18  I thank God , I speak in tongues more than you all ; 19  however , in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also , rather than ten thousand words in a tongue . 20  Brethren , do not be children in your thinking ; yet in evil be infants , but in your thinking be mature .

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