1 I will show you a far better way. If I can speak the languages of men and even of angels, but have no love, I am only a noisy gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 If I am inspired to preach and know all the secret truths and possess all knowledge, and if I have such perfect faith that I can move mountains, but have no love, I am nothing. 3 Even if I give away everything I own, and give myself up, but do it in pride, not love, it does me no good. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not envious or boastful. It does not put on airs. 5 It is not rude. It does not insist on its rights. It does not become angry. It is not resentful. 6 It is not happy over injustice, it is only happy with truth. 7 It will bear anything, believe anything, hope for anything, endure anything. 8 Love will never die out. If there is inspired preaching, it will pass away. If there is ecstatic speaking, it will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our preaching is imperfect. 10 But when perfection comes, what is imperfect will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside my childish ways. 12 For now we are looking at a dim reflection in a mirror, but then we shall see face to face. Now my knowledge is imperfect, but then I shall know as fully as God knows me. 13 So faith, hope, and love endure. These are the great three, and the greatest of them is love.
Bible verses about "utterance" | Goodspeed
1 About spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be misinformed. 2 You know that when you were heathen you would stray off, as impulse directed, to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore, I must tell you that no one who is speaking under the influence of the Spirit of God ever says, "Curse Jesus!" and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord!" without being under the influence of the holy Spirit. 4 Endowments vary, but the Spirit is the same, 5 and forms of service vary, but it is the same Lord who is served, 6 and activities vary, but God who produces them all in us all is the same. 7 Each one is given his spiritual illumination for the common good. 8 One man receives through the Spirit the power to speak wisely, another, by the same Spirit, receives the power to express knowledge, 9 another, from his union with the same Spirit receives faith, another, by one and the same Spirit, the ability to cure the sick, 10 another, the working of wonders, another, inspiration in preaching, another, the power of distinguishing the true Spirit from false ones, another, various ecstatic utterances, and another, the ability to explain them. 11 These are all produced by one and the same Spirit, and apportioned to each of us just as the Spirit chooses. 12 For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts of the body, many as they are, form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we have all—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free men—been baptized in one spirit to form one body, and we have all been saturated with one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one part but of many. 15 If the foot says, "As I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, "As I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," that does not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If all the body were eye, how would we hear? If it were all ear, how could we have a sense of smell? 18 As it is, God has arranged the parts, every one of them in the body as he wished them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I do not need you," or the head to the feet, "I do not need you." 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that are considered most delicate are indispensable, 23 and the parts of it that we think common, we dress with especial care, and our unpresentable parts receive especial attention 24 which our presentable parts do not need. God has so adjusted the body and given such especial distinction to its inferior parts 25 that there is no clash in the body, but its parts all alike care for one another. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts share its sufferings. If a part has honor done it, all the parts enjoy it too. 27 Now you are Christ's body, and individually parts of it. 28 And God has placed people in the church, first as apostles, second as inspired preachers, third as teachers, then wonder-workers; then come ability to cure the sick, helpfulness, administration, ecstatic speaking. 29 Is everyone an apostle? Is everyone an inspired preacher? Is everyone a teacher? Is everyone a wonder-worker? 30 Is everyone able to cure the sick? Can everyone speak ecstatically? Can everyone explain what it means? 31 But you must cultivate the higher endowments.
8 Take care that nobody exploits you through the pretensions of philosophy, guided by human tradition, following material ways of looking at things, instead of following Christ.
21 for no prophecy ever originated in the human will, but under the influence of the holy Spirit men spoke for God.
20 You must understand this in the first place, that no prophecy in Scripture can be understood through one's own powers,
4 and they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to say in foreign languages whatever the Spirit prompted them to utter.