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1 Corinthians Chapter 14:1-5

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:1-5
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Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
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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.
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On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
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The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
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Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
  1. What are we to pursue, and what gift should we especially desire?
    1 Corinthians 14:1
    Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
  2. When a person speaks in tongues, who do they speak to?
    1 Corinthians 14:2
    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. What results from he who prophesies?
    1 Corinthians 14:3
    On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
  4. Who does tongues edify, and who does prophesy edify?
    1 Corinthians 14:4
    The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
  5. What did Paul want them to all do, but what did he want even more?
    1 Corinthians 14:5
    Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:6-12

Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?

1 Corinthians 14:6-12
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Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
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If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?
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And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
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So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
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There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,
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but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
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So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
  1. What makes tongues profitable?
    1 Corinthians 14:6
    Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
  2. What example does Paul give?
    1 Corinthians 14:7
    If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?
  3. If the trumpet is not certain, what will not happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:8
    And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
  4. How must we speak for it to be understood?
    1 Corinthians 14:9
    So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
  5. Why must I know the meaning of a language?
    1 Corinthians 14:10-11
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    There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,
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    but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
  6. What are we to be zealous for, and what should we seek to excel?
    1 Corinthians 14:12
    So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:13-17

Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.

1 Corinthians 14:13-17
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Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
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For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
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What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
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Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
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For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.
  1. If a person speaks in a tongue, what should he pray for? Why?
    1 Corinthians 14:13-14
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    Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
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    For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
  2. What is the conclusion?
    1 Corinthians 14:15
    What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
  3. What will otherwise happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:16
    Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
  4. Even though you give thanks, what does not happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:17
    For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:18-22

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

1 Corinthians 14:18-22
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I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
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Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
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Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
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In the Law it is written, “By people 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.”
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Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.
  1. How much did Paul speak in tongues?
    1 Corinthians 14:18
    I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
  2. What would he rather do in the assembly?
    1 Corinthians 14:19
    Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
  3. How are we to be in understanding?
    1 Corinthians 14:20
    Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
  4. What is written in the law?
    1 Corinthians 14:21
    In the Law it is written, “By people 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.”
  5. Who is tongues for?
    1 Corinthians 14:22
    Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:23-25

If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?

1 Corinthians 14:23-25
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If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?
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But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
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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.
  1. What will result if everyone speaks in tongues when the church assembles?
    1 Corinthians 14:23
    If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?
  2. If all prophesy, what will result?
    1 Corinthians 14:24
    But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
  3. What will happen and what will they report?
    1 Corinthians 14:25
    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.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:26-33

If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.

1 Corinthians 14:26-33
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What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
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If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.
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But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.
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Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.
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If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.
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For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged,
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and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.
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For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
  1. What things should happen when we assemble, and what should be the outcome?
    1 Corinthians 14:26
    What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
  2. How must tongues occur?
    1 Corinthians 14:27
    If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.
  3. If there is not interpreter, what must happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:28
    But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.
  4. When two or three prophets speak, what are the others to do?
    1 Corinthians 14:29
    Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.
    1 Corinthians 14:30
    If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.
  5. Who can prophesy, and how can this be done?
    1 Corinthians 14:31
    For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged,
  6. Are the prophets subject to the spirits, or are the spirits subject to the prophets? Why is this important?
    1 Corinthians 14:32-33
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    and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.
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    For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:34-35

The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35
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the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.
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If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
  1. Why are women not permitted to speak in the church?
    1 Corinthians 14:34
    the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.
  2. If they want to learn, what are they to do?
    1 Corinthians 14:35
    If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:36-38

If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 14:36-38
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Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached?
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If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.
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If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.
  1. Did the word of God come from you?
    1 Corinthians 14:36
    Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached?
  2. If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, what must he acknowledge about these commandments?
    1 Corinthians 14:37
    If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.
  3. What do we do to those who are ignorant?
    1 Corinthians 14:38
    If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14:39-40

But all things should be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 14:39-40
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So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
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But all things should be done decently and in order.
  1. What are we to desire earnestly, and what are not to forbid?
    1 Corinthians 14:39
    So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
  2. How are all things to be done?
    1 Corinthians 14:40
    But all things should be done decently and in order.