(M) The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[c] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.(N). As to prophesying, two or three only should speak at one meeting, and this one after the other, not all at once. Perhaps Paul is saying that tongues are indeed a sign to unbelievers, but not a positive sign. 1 Corinthians 14 (King James Version) 1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. Also, 1 Corinthians 2:14 must be viewed in the larger context of 1:18-3:23.Within the first three chapters of this book, the apostle uses the noun “wisdom” sixteen times, and the adjective “wise” ten times.Clearly, “wisdom” is a predominate theme in this section of the book. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. Numbers 10:2-10 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps… Matthew 11:17 Paul used "tongues" and "languages" interchangeably in this passage (cf. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hear them, is but speaking into the air. 22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. (R) 9 So it is with you. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[b] but I would rather have you prophesy. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly(BI) way. 21 In the Law(AF) it is written: “With other tongues and through the lips of foreignersI will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me,(AG)says the Lord.”[e], 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy,(AH) however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. They are a sign of judgment, as the unknown tongues of the Assyrians were in Isaiah’s day. Or are you the only people it has reached? 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue # 14:2 Or in another language; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27 does not speak to people but to God. for ye shall speak into the air. ÷1 CORINTHIANS 14:37-38. 13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. (AR) 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. It is a proof that a people are forsaken of God, when he gives them up to the rule of those who teach them to worship in another language. (D) 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a](E) does not speak to people but to God. 16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:37-38 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. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 14 Follow the way of love(A) and eagerly desire(B) gifts of the Spirit,(C) especially prophecy. (1 Corinthians 14:1-3) The Corinthian church was placing an excessive emphasis on the fascinating gift of speaking in different languages (or, “tongues,”) and disparaging the more useful gifts, such as prophecy (which in the early church would be a means of edification for the entire assembled body). 6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? 21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. (Q) 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 (Read 1 Corinthians 14:1-5) Prophesying, that is, explaining Scripture, is compared with speaking with tongues. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. There seems to be a contradiction between 1 Corinthians 14:22 and 1 Corinthians 14:23-25. ii. 1 Corinthians 14 Spiritual Gifts 12 Now m concerning 1 spiritual gifts , 2 brothers , 3 I do not want you to be uninformed . Christians should be like children, void of guile and malice; yet they should not be unskilful as to the word of righteousness, but only as to the arts of mischief. 1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 6 Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation(O) or knowledge(P) or prophecy or word of instruction? Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. This is proving himself the servant of Christ. 15 So what shall I do? Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. The Spirit of Christ can never contradict itself; and if their revelations are against those of the apostle, they do not come from the same Spirit. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 3. Every ability or possession is valuable in proportion to its usefulness. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue(J) edifies(K) themselves, but the one who prophesies(L) edifies the church. On the other hand, the one who prophesies is speaking to men for edification and encouragement and comfort. They are not allowed to speak,(AZ) but must be in submission,(BA) as the law(BB) says. 4 1 Corinthians 14 Intelligibility in Worship 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 is an Interpolation  As noted, verses 34-35 sit uncomfortably within 1 Corinthians 14, both grammatically and hermeneutically. 23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,[d] say “Amen”(Z) to your thanksgiving,(AA) since they do not know what you are saying? 20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. 24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. Tongues are a sign for unbelievers, while prophesying is for believers (20-22) 2. 1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 14. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 1 Corinthians chapter 14 KJV (King James Version) 1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. (34-40)1-5 Prophesying, that is, explaining Scripture, is compared with speaking with tongues. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Tongue-Tied. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. I will pray with my spirit,(X) but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing(Y) with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. (BF) 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.[h]. 1 Corinthians 13 1 Corinthians 15 Chapter 14. Also, want very much to receive spiritual gifts from God. I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 1 Corinthians 14 - NIV: Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. Dt 27:15-26; 1Ch 16:36; Ne 8:6; Ps 106:48; Rev 5:14; 7:12, 1Co 3:11; Eph 4:14; Heb 5:12, 13; 1Pe 2:2, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible. As to the speaking in an unknown tongue, if another were present who could interpret, two miraculous gifts might be exercised at once, and thereby the church be edified, and the faith of the hearers confirmed at the same time. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. You will just be speaking into the air. 1 Corinthians Chapter 14; Study Guide. An interpreter was necessary for those present to understand and benefit from what the tongues-speaker was saying in a strange language ( 1 Corinthians 14:5; 1 Corinthians 14:13). (AU) 33 For God is not a God of disorder(AV) but of peace(AW)—as in all the congregations(AX) of the Lord’s people. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.(AC). The man who is inspired by the Spirit of God will observe order and decency in delivering his revelations. Yet thus the preachers did who delivered their instructions in an unknown tongue. (AB), 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. The entire chapter 1 Corinthians 14 interlinear (Greek/English), translated word by word and with Greek grammar parsing codes, free online New International Version (NIV). They can never be benefitted by such teaching. 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. (15-25) Disorders from vain display of gifts; (26-33) and from women speaking in the church. 2 You know that n when you were pagans o you were led astray to p mute idols , however you were led . 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other … 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? The most useful gift, in Paul's opinion, is prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? (S) 12 So it is with you. 20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. The spiritual gift of prophecy was largely a teaching gift (1 Corinthians 14:3), but also included, at least in some cases, the ability to foretell future events. 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. They are a sign of judgment, as the unknown tongues of the Assyrians were in Isaiah’s day. A truly Christian minister will seek much more to do spiritual good to men's souls, than to get the greatest applause to himself. Would it not make Christianity ridiculous to a heathen, to hear the ministers pray or preach in a language which neither he nor the assembly understood? 1 Corinthians 14 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. In a few manuscripts these verses come after verse 40. 1 So, you must always want to love other people. Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.. 2. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 36 What? Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue Or in another language ; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27 does not speak to people but to God. 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