1 Corinthians 14
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may
(14:2-5) Speak in tongues so no one but God can understand you.|
Should you speak in tongues?
(14:2) "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God:
for no man understandeth him."
(14:4) "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself."
(14:5) "I would that ye all spake with tongues."
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
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation,
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for
greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he
interpret, that the church may receive edifying
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?||
And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except
they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped
(14:8-9) Speak clearly. (Don's speak in tongues.)|
Should you speak in tongues?
(14:8) "For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?"
(14:9) "Except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood,
how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air."
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to
So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood,
how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of
them is without signification.
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.||
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye
may excel to the edifying of the church.||
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my
understanding is unfruitful.||
What is it then? 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
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?||
For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.||
"I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all."
(14:20) "Be not children in understanding."
Is it good to be childish?
(14:22-28) Speaking in tongues is getting embarrassing!
(14:22) "Tongues are ... a sign ... to them that believe not."
(That believers are bat-shit crazy.)
(14:23) "If therefore the whole church ... speak with tongues, and there
come in those that are ... unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?"
(14:27) "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."
(14:28) "If there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself,
and to God."
(If you don't have an "interpreter", STFU.)
(14:33) "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace."
Is God warlike or peaceful?
Is God the author of confusion?
(14:34-35) Women are commanded by Paul to be silent in church and to be obedient to men. He further says that "if they
will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in
Can women be church leaders?
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Should women have the same rights as men?
May a woman speak in church?
(14:34) "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."
(14:35) "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."
(14:34-35) In some manuscripts, verses 34-35 are found at the end of chapter 14, leading some scholars to think that they were not
written by Paul but originated from a misogynistic scribe's marginal note.
(14:38) "If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant."
(14:39) "Covet to prophesy"
Is it OK to covet?
(14:39) "Forbid not to speak with tongues."
Should you speak in tongues?
I thank my God, I 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
Brethren, be not
children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be
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
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.
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?
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:
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.
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a
psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an
interpretation. Let 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.
Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold
For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
For God is not the
author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
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.
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.
What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
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
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Wherefore, brethren, covet
to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order.