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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 desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
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For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
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But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
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He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
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I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
  1. What are we to pursue, and what gift should we especially desire?
    1 Corinthians 14:1
    Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
  2. When a person speaks in tongues, who do they speak to?
    1 Corinthians 14:2
    For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
  3. What results from he who prophesies?
    1 Corinthians 14:3
    But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
  4. Who does tongues edify, and who does prophesy edify?
    1 Corinthians 14:4
    He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
  5. What did Paul want them to all do, but what did he want even more?
    1 Corinthians 14:5
    I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

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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But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
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Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?
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For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?
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So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
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There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.
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Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
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Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
  1. What makes tongues profitable?
    1 Corinthians 14:6
    But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
  2. What example does Paul give?
    1 Corinthians 14:7
    Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?
  3. If the trumpet is not certain, what will not happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:8
    For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?
  4. How must we speak for it to be understood?
    1 Corinthians 14:9
    So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? 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, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.
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    Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
  6. What are we to be zealous for, and what should we seek to excel?
    1 Corinthians 14:12
    Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

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 let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
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For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
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What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
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Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
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For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
  1. If a person speaks in a tongue, what should he pray for? Why?
    1 Corinthians 14:13-14
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    Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
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    For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
  2. What is the conclusion?
    1 Corinthians 14:15
    What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
  3. What will otherwise happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:16
    Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
  4. Even though you give thanks, what does not happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:17
    For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

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 my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
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yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
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Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
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In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," says the Lord.
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Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
  1. How much did Paul speak in tongues?
    1 Corinthians 14:18
    I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
  2. What would he rather do in the assembly?
    1 Corinthians 14:19
    yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
  3. How are we to be in understanding?
    1 Corinthians 14:20
    Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
  4. What is written in the law?
    1 Corinthians 14:21
    In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," says the Lord.
  5. Who is tongues for?
    1 Corinthians 14:22
    Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.

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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Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
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But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
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And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
  1. What will result if everyone speaks in tongues when the church assembles?
    1 Corinthians 14:23
    Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
  2. If all prophesy, what will result?
    1 Corinthians 14:24
    But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
  3. What will happen and what will they report?
    1 Corinthians 14:25
    And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly 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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How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
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If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
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But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
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Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
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But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
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For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
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And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
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For God is not the author 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
    How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
  2. How must tongues occur?
    1 Corinthians 14:27
    If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
  3. If there is not interpreter, what must happen?
    1 Corinthians 14:28
    But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him 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 judge.
    1 Corinthians 14:30
    But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
  5. Who can prophesy, and how can this be done?
    1 Corinthians 14:31
    For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may 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 the prophets are subject to the prophets.
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    For God is not the author 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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Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
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And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
  1. Why are women not permitted to speak in the church?
    1 Corinthians 14:34
    Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
  2. If they want to learn, what are they to do?
    1 Corinthians 14:35
    And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women 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 did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
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If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
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But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
  1. Did the word of God come from you?
    1 Corinthians 14:36
    Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it 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 himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
  3. What do we do to those who are ignorant?
    1 Corinthians 14:38
    But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

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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Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
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Let all things be done decently and in order.
  1. What are we to desire earnestly, and what are not to forbid?
    1 Corinthians 14:39
    Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
  2. How are all things to be done?
    1 Corinthians 14:40
    Let all things be done decently and in order.