1 Corinthians 14:21-40 New American Standard Bible

21  In the Law it is written , " BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE , AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME," says the Lord . 22  So then tongues are for a sign , not to those who believe but to unbelievers ; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe . 23  Therefore if the whole church assembles together e e and all speak in tongues , and ungifted men or unbelievers enter , will they not say that you are mad ? 24  But if all prophesy , and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters , he is convicted by all , he is called to account by all ; 25  the secrets of his heart are disclosed ; and so he will fall on his face and worship God , declaring that God is certainly among you.

26  What is the outcome then , brethren ? When you assemble , each one has a psalm , has a teaching , has a revelation , has a tongue , has an interpretation . Let all things be done for edification . 27  If anyone speaks in a tongue , it should be by two or at the most three , and each in turn , and one must interpret ; 28  but if there is no interpreter , he must keep silent in the church ; and let him speak to himself and to God . 29  Let two or three prophets speak , and let the others pass judgment . 30  But if a revelation is made to another who is seated , the first one must keep silent . 31  For you can all prophesy one e by one e , so that all may learn and all may be exhorted ; 32  and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets ; 33  for God is not a God of confusion but of peace , as in all the churches of the saints .

34  The women are to keep silent in the churches ; for they are not permitted to speak , but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says . 35  If they desire to learn anything , let them ask their own husbands at home ; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church .

36  Was it from you that the word of God first went forth ? Or has it come to you only ? 37  If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual , let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandment . 38  But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized . 39  Therefore , my brethren , desire earnestly to prophesy , and do not forbid to speak in tongues . 40  But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner .

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