1 Corinthians 14 ©
Prophecy for its greater tendency to edification is preferred before speaking with tongues. Tongues not understood, like indistinct musical sounds, are of no service to the hearers. All gifts should be referred to edification. Tongues are of use for the conviction of unbelievers; but in the assemblies of the church prophecy is more useful. Rules for the orderly exercise of spiritual gifts in the church. Women are forbidden to speak there. An exhortation to use each gift freely, but with decency and order.
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue hedifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
For if the ntrumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words 3easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall ospeak into the air.
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
For thou *verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
I thank my God, wI speak with tongues more than ye all:
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.
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, hevery one of you hath ia psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. jLet all things be done unto edifying.
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.