1 Corinthians 14

Great(i) 1 Labour for loue, and couet spretuall gyftes: but most chefly that ye maye prophesye. 2 For he that speaketh with the tonge, speaketh not vnto men, but vnto God. For no man heareth hym: Houbeit in the sprete he speaketh mysteries. 3 But he that prophesieth, speaketh vnto men for their edifyinge, for their exhortacion and for their comforte. 4 He that speaketh with the tonge, proffiteth him selfe: he that prophesieth, edifyeth the congregacion 5 I wolde that ye all spake with tonges: but rather that ye prophesied. For greater is he that prophesyeth, then he that speaketh with tonges, except he expounde it: that the congregacion maye haue edifying. 6 Now brethren, yf I come vnto you speakynge with tonges: what shall I profet you, excepte I speake to you, other by reuelacyon or by knowledge, or by prophesyinge, or by doctryne? 7 Moreouer, when thinges without lyfe geue sounde (whether it be a pype or an harpe) except they make a destruccyon in the soundes, how shall it be knowen what is pyped or harped? 8 For yf the trompe geue an vncertayne voyce, who shall prepare him selfe to the warre? 9 Euen so lykewyse when ye speake with tonges, excepte ye speake wordes that haue significacyon, howe shall it be vnderstande what is spoken? For ye shall but speake in the ayer. 10 Many kyndes of voyces are in the world, and none of them are without significacion. 11 If I knowe not what the voyce meaneth, I shalbe vnto him that speaketh, an alient: and he that speaketh, shalbe an alient vnto me. 12 Euen so ye (for as moche as ye couet spretuall gyftes) seke, that ye maye excell, vnto the edifyinge of the congregacyon. 13 Wherfore, let him that speaketh with tonge, praye, that he maye interpret also. 14 For If I praye with tonge, my sprete prayeth, but my vnderstonding doth no good. 15 What is it then? I will praye with the sprete, and will praye with the vnderstonding. I will synge with the sprete, and will synge with the vnderstonding. 16 For ells, when thou blessest with the sprete, how shall he that occupieth the rowme of the vnlearned, saye Amen, at thy geuynge of thankes, seynge he vnderstandeth not. what thou sayest? 17 Thou verely geuest thankes well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thanke my God that I speake with tonges more then ye all. 19 Yet had I leuer in the congregacion, to speake fyue wordes with my vnderstonding to the informacion of other rather then ten thousand wordes with the tonge. 20 Brethren, be not ye chyldren in wytte. Howbeit, as concernyng maliciousnes, be children: but in witte be perfect. 21 In the lawe it is written with sondrie tonges, and with sondrye lyppes will I speake vnto this people, and yet for all that, will they not heare me, sayth the Lorde. 22 Wherfore tonges are for a sygne, not to them that beleue: but to them that beleue not. Contrary wyse, prophesyinge serueth not for them that beleue not: but for them which beleue. 23 If therfore, when all the congregacyon is come together, and all speake with tonges, ther come in they that are vnlearned, or they which beleue not: will they not saye, that ye are out of youre wittes? 24 But and yf all prophesye, and ther come in one that beleueth not, or one vnlearned, he is rebuked of all men, & is iudged of euery man, 25 & so are the secretes of his hert opened, and so falleth he downe on his face, and worshyppeth God, & sayth, that God is in you of a trueth. 26 How is it then brethren? As oft as ye come together, euery one of you hath a songe, hath a doctrine, hath a tonge, hath a reuelacyon, hath an interpretacyon. Let all thinges be done vnto edifyinge: 27 If eny man speake with tonge, let it be by two or at the most by thre, and that by course, and let another interprete it. 28 But yf ther be no interpreter, let him kepe sylence in the congregacyon, and let him speake to him selfe and to God. 29 Let the prophetes speake two, or thre, & let the other iudge. 30 If eny reuelacyon be made to another that sytteth by, let the fyrst holde his peace. 31 For ye maye al prophesy one by one, that all maye learne, and that all maye haue comforte. 32 And the spretes of the prophetes are in the power of the Prophetes. 33 For God is not causer of stryfe: but of peace, as in all congregacions of the saynctes. 34 Let youre wemen kepe sylence in the congregacions. For it is not permitted vnto them to speake: but to be vnder obedience, as sayth the lawe. 35 If they wyll learne eny thynge, let them aske their husbandes at home. For it is a shame for wemen, to speake in the congregacion. 36 Spronge the worde of God from you? Ether came it vnto you onely? 37 If eny man thynke him selfe to be a prophet, ether spirituall: let him knowe, what thynges I wryte vnto you. For they are the commaundementes of the Lorde. 38 But and yf eny man be ignoraunt, let him be ignoraunt. 39 Wherfore brethren, couet to prophesye, and forbyd not to speake with tonges. 40 let all thynges be done honestly and in order