1 Corinthians 12-14 Revised Standard Version

Spiritual Gifts

12 1  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2  You know that when you were heathen, you were led astray to dumb idols, however you may have been moved. 3  Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit. 4  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5  and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6  and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. 7  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8  To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11  All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

12  For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14  For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15  If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16  And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18  But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19  If all were a single organ, where would the body be? 20  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21  The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22  On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23  and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24  which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part, 25  that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28  And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. 29  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30  Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31  But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Love

13 1  If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4  Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5  it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6  it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8  Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9  For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; 10  but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. 11  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. 13  So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Speaking in Tongues

14 1  Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2  For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3  On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4  He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5  Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.

6  Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how shall I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? 7  If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will any one know what is played? 8  And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 9  So with yourselves; if you in a tongue utter speech that is not intelligible, how will any one know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. 10  There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning; 11  but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 12  So with yourselves; since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 13  Therefore, he who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. 14  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

15  What am I to do? 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 with the spirit, how can any one in the position of an outsider say the "Amen" to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17  For you may give thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. 18  I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all; 19  nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20  Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature.

21  In the law it is written, "By men of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord." 22  Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23  If, therefore, the whole church assembles and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad? 24  But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25  the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

26  What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 27  If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret. 28  But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silence in church and speak to himself and to God. 29  Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30  If a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first be silent. 31  For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged; 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 should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. 35  If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

36  What! Did the word of God originate with you, or are you the only ones it has reached? 37  If any one thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord. 38  If any one does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 39  So, my brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; 40  but all things should be done decently and in order.

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