1 Corinthians 14:1-25 - Appropriate Use Of Prophecy And Tongues

1 Pursue love; and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2 For he that speaks in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification and exhortation and comfort. 4 He that speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the assembly. 5 Now I wish you all to speak with tongues, but rather that ye should prophesy; and greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, unless he interpret, that the assembly may receive edifying.

6 And now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you, either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophesying, or in teaching? 7 Even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, if they give no distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 8 For even if a trumpet give an uncertain sound, who will prepare for war? 9 So also ye, unless through the tongue ye give intelligible speech, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air! 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and no one of them is without signification. 11 If, then, I know not the meaning of the voice, I will be to him who is speaking a barbarian; and he that is speaking, a barbarian to me. 12 So also ye, since ye are eager for spiritual gifts, seek that ye may abound in them with a view to the edification of the assembly.

13 Wherefore, let him that speaks in a tongue, pray that he may interpret. 14 For, if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 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 understanding also. 16 Else, if you are blessing with the spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say the "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he knows not what you say? 17 For you, verily, give thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 but in an assembly I prefer to speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20 Brethren, do not be children in mind; yet in evil be babes, but in mind be full-grown. 21 In the law it has been written, "With other tongues, and with lips of others, I will speak to this people; and not even thus will they listen to Me," saith the Lord. 22 Therefore, the tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophecy is a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe. 23 If, therefore, the whole assembly comes together, and all are speaking with tongues, and there come in those who are unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are mad? 24 But, if all prophesy, and there come in one who is unbelieving or unlearned, he is convicted by all, he is judged by all: 25 the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so, falling on his face, he will worship God, reporting that, in reality, God is among you.