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1 Corinthians 14 (WEBP)

[1] Follow after love and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
[2] For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God, for no one understands, but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.
[3] But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation.
[4] He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly.
[5] Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but even more that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up.
[6] But now, brothers,§ if I come to you speaking with other languages, what would I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching?
[7] Even lifeless things that make a sound, whether pipe or harp, if they didn’t give a distinction in the sounds, how would it be known what is piped or harped?
[8] For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war?
[9] So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air.
[10] There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without meaning.
[11] If then I don’t know the meaning of the language, I would be to him who speaks a foreigner, and he who speaks would be a foreigner to me.
[12] So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the assembly.
[13] Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret.
[14] For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
[15] What should I do? 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] Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, seeing he doesn’t know what you say?
[17] For you most certainly give thanks well, but the other person is not built up.
[18] I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all.
[19] However, in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.
[20] Brothers, don’t be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature.
[21] In the law it is written, “By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. They won’t even listen to me that way, says the Lord.”
[22] Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe.
[23] If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won’t they say that you are crazy?
[24] But if all prophesy, and someone unbelieving or unlearned comes in, he is reproved by all, and he is judged by all.
[25] And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed. So he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed.
[26] What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, or has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up.
[27] If any man speaks in another language, let there be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret.
[28] But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself and to God.
[29] Let two or three of the prophets speak, and let the others discern.
[30] But if a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first keep silent.
[31] For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be exhorted.
[32] The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,
[33] for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints.
[34] Let the wives be quiet in the assemblies, for it has not been permitted for them to be talking except in submission, as the law also says,
[35] if they desire to learn anything. “Let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for a wife to be talking in the assembly.”
[36] What!? Was it from you that the word of God went out? Or did it come to you alone?
[37] If any man thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.
[38] But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
[39] Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking with other languages.
[40] Let all things be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 14:6 The word for “brothers” here and where context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”
1 Corinthians 14:21 Isaiah 28:11-12
1 Corinthians 14:34 Deuteronomy 27:9

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1 Corinthians 14 (KJVS)

[1] Follow G1377 (PresActImpr) after charity G26, and G1161 desire G2206 (PresActImpr) spiritual G4152 [gifts], but G1161 rather G3123 that G2443 ye may prophesy G4395 (PresActSubj).
[2] For G1063 he that speaketh G2980 (PresActPtc) in an [unknown] tongue G1100 speaketh G2980 (PresActInd) not G3756 unto men G444, but G235 unto God G2316: for G1063 no man G3762 understandeth G191 (PresActInd) [him]; howbeit G1161 in the spirit G4151 he speaketh G2980 (PresActInd) mysteries G3466.
[3] But G1161 he that prophesieth G4395 (PresActPtc) speaketh G2980 (PresActInd) unto men G444 [to] edification G3619, and G2532 exhortation G3874, and G2532 comfort G3889.
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[5] G1161 I would G2309 (PresActInd) that ye G5209 all G3956 spake G2980 (PresActInf) with tongues G1100, but G1161 rather G3123 that G2443 ye prophesied G4395 (PresActSubj): for G1063 greater G3187 [is] he that prophesieth G4395 (PresActPtc) than G2228 he that speaketh G2980 (PresActPtc) with tongues G1100, except G1622 G1508 he interpret G1329 (PresActSubj), that G2443 the church G1577 may receive G2983 (Aor2ActSubj) edifying G3619.
[6] G1161 Now G3570, brethren G80, if G1437 I come G2064 (Aor2ActSubj) unto G4314 you G5209 speaking G2980 (PresActPtc) with tongues G1100, what G5101 shall I profit G5623 (FutActInd) you G5209, except G3362 I shall speak G2980 (AorActSubj) to you G5213 either G2228 by G1722 revelation G602, or G2228 by G1722 knowledge G1108, or G2228 by G1722 prophesying G4394, or G2228 by G1722 doctrine G1322?
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[8] For G1063 G2532 if G1437 the trumpet G4536 give G1325 (Aor2ActSubj) an uncertain G82 sound G5456, who G5101 shall prepare himself G3903 (FutMidDepInd) to G1519 the battle G4171?
[9] So G3779 likewise G2532 ye G5210, except G3362 ye utter G1325 (Aor2ActSubj) by G1223 the tongue G1100 words G3056 easy to be understood G2154, how G4459 shall it be known G1097 (FutPasInd) what is spoken G2980 (PresPasPtc)? for G1063 ye shall G2071 (FutInd) speak G2980 (PresActPtc) into G1519 the air G109.
[10] G1487 There are G2076 (PresInd), it may be G5177 (Aor2ActOpt), so many G5118 kinds G1085 of voices G5456 in G1722 the world G2889, and G2532 none of them G3762 [is] without signification G880 G846.
[11] Therefore G3767 if G3362 I know G1492 (PerfActSubj) not G3362 the meaning G1411 of the voice G5456, I shall be G2071 (FutInd) unto him that speaketh G2980 (PresActPtc) a barbarian G915, and G2532 he that speaketh G2980 (PresActPtc) [shall be] a barbarian G915 unto G1722 me G1698.
[12] Even G2532 so G3779 ye G5210, forasmuch as G1893 ye are G2075 (PresInd) zealous G2207 of spiritual G4151 [gifts], seek G2212 (PresActImpr) that G2443 ye may excel G4052 (PresActSubj) to G4314 the edifying G3619 of the church G1577.
[13] Wherefore G1355 let him that speaketh G2980 (PresActPtc) in an [unknown] tongue G1100 pray G4336 (PresMidPasDepImpr) that G2443 he may interpret G1329 (PresActSubj).
[14] For G1063 if G1437 I pray G4336 (PresMidPasDepSubj) in an [unknown] tongue G1100, my G3450 spirit G4151 prayeth G4336 (PresMidPasDepInd), but G1161 my G3450 understanding G3563 is G2076 (PresInd) unfruitful G175.
[15] What G5101 is it G2076 (PresInd) then G3767? I will pray G4336 (FutMidDepInd) with the spirit G4151, and G1161 I will pray G4336 (FutMidDepInd) with the understanding G3563 also G2532: I will sing G5567 (FutActInd) with the spirit G4151, and G1161 I will sing G5567 (FutActInd) with the understanding G3563 also G2532.
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[17] For G1063 thou G4771 verily G3303 givest thanks G2168 (PresActInd) well G2573, but G235 the other G2087 is G3618 not G3756 edified G3618 (PresPasInd).
[18] I thank G2168 (PresActInd) my G3450 God G2316, I speak G2980 (PresActPtc) with tongues G1100 more than G3123 ye G5216 all G3956:
[19] Yet G235 in G1722 the church G1577 I had rather G2309 (PresActInd) speak G2980 (AorActInf) five G4002 words G3056 with G1223 my G3450 understanding G3563, that G2443 [by my voice] I might teach G2727 (AorActSubj) others G243 also G2532, than G2228 ten thousand G3463 words G3056 in G1722 an [unknown] tongue G1100.
[20] Brethren G80, be G1096 (PresMidPasDepImpr) not G3361 children G3813 in understanding G5424: howbeit G235 in malice G2549 be ye children G3515 (PresActImpr), but G1161 in understanding G5424 be G1096 (PresMidPasDepImpr) men G5046.
[21] In G1722 the law G3551 it is written G1125 (PerfPasInd), G3754 With G1722 [men of] other tongues G2084 and G2532 other G1722 G2087 lips G5491 will I speak G2980 (FutActInd) unto this G5129 people G2992; and G2532 yet for all G3779 that will they G1522 not G3761 hear G1522 (FutMidDepInd) me G3450, saith G3004 (PresActInd) the Lord G2962.
[22] Wherefore G5620 tongues G1100 are G1526 (PresInd) for G1519 a sign G4592, not G3756 to them that believe G4100 (PresActPtc), but G235 to them that believe not G571: but G1161 prophesying G4394 [serveth] not G3756 for them that believe not G571, but G235 for them which believe G4100 (PresActPtc).
[23] If G1437 therefore G3767 the whole G3650 church G1577 be come together G4905 (Aor2ActSubj) into G1909 one place G846, and G2532 all G3956 speak G2980 (PresActSubj) with tongues G1100, and G1161 there come in G1525 (Aor2ActSubj) [those that are] unlearned G2399, or G2228 unbelievers G571, will they G2046 not G3756 say G2046 (FutActInd) that G3754 ye are mad G3105 (PresMidPasDepInd)?
[24] But G1161 if G1437 all G3956 prophesy G4395 (PresActSubj), and G1161 there come in G1525 (Aor2ActSubj) one G5100 that believeth not G571, or G2228 [one] unlearned G2399, he is convinced G1651 (PresPasInd) of G5259 all G3956, he is judged G350 (PresPasInd) of G5259 all G3956:
[25] And G2532 thus G3779 are G1096 the secrets G2927 of his G846 heart G2588 made G1096 (PresMidPasDepInd) manifest G5318; and G2532 so G3779 falling down G4098 (Aor2ActPtc) on G1909 [his] face G4383 he will worship G4352 (FutActInd) God G2316, and report G518 (PresActPtc) that G3754 God G2316 is G2076 (PresInd) in G1722 you G5213 of a truth G3689.
[26] How G5101 is it G2076 (PresInd) then G3767, brethren G80? when G3752 ye come together G4905 (PresMidPasDepSubj), every one G1538 of you G5216 hath G2192 (PresActInd) a psalm G5568, hath G2192 (PresActInd) a doctrine G1322, hath G2192 (PresActInd) a tongue G1100, hath G2192 (PresActInd) a revelation G602, hath G2192 (PresActInd) an interpretation G2058. Let G1096 all things G3956 be done G1096 (Aor2MidDepImpr) unto G4314 edifying G3619.
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[28] But G1161 if G3362 there be G5600 (PresSubj) no G3362 interpreter G1328, let him keep silence G4601 (PresActImpr) in G1722 the church G1577; and G1161 let him speak G2980 (PresActImpr) to himself G1438, and G2532 to God G2316.
[29] G1161 Let G2980 the prophets G4396 speak G2980 (PresActImpr) two G1417 or G2228 three G5140, and G2532 let G1252 the other G243 judge G1252 (PresActImpr).
[30] If G1161 G1437 [any thing] be revealed G601 (AorPasSubj) to another G243 that sitteth by G2521 (PresMidPasDepPtc), let G4601 the first G4413 hold his peace G4601 (PresActImpr).
[31] For G1063 ye may G1410 (PresMidPasDepInd) all G3956 prophesy G4395 (PresActInf) one by one G2596 G1520, that G2443 all G3956 may learn G3129 (PresActSubj), and G2532 all G3956 may be comforted G3870 (PresPasSubj).
[32] And G2532 the spirits G4151 of the prophets G4396 are subject G5293 (PresPasInd) to the prophets G4396.
[33] For G1063 God G2316 is G2076 (PresInd) not G3756 [the author] of confusion G181, but G235 of peace G1515, as G5613 in G1722 all G3956 churches G1577 of the saints G40.
[34] Let G4601 your G5216 women G1135 keep silence G4601 (PresActImpr) in G1722 the churches G1577: for G1063 it is G2010 not G3756 permitted G2010 (PerfPasInd) unto them G846 to speak G2980 (PresActInf); but G235 [they are commanded] to be under obedience G5293 (PresMidInf), as G2531 also G2532 saith G3004 (PresActInd) the law G3551.
[35] And G1161 if G1487 they will G2309 (PresActInd) learn G3129 (Aor2ActInf) any thing G5100, let them ask G1905 (PresActImpr) their G2398 husbands G435 at G1722 home G3624: for G1063 it is G2076 (PresInd) a shame G149 for women G1135 to speak G2980 (PresActInf) in G1722 the church G1577.
[36] What G2228? came G1831 the word G3056 of God G2316 out G1831 (Aor2ActInd) from G575 you G5216? or G2228 came it G2658 (AorActInd) unto G1519 you G5209 only G3441?
[37] If any man G1536 think himself G1380 (PresActInd) to be G1511 (PresInf) a prophet G4396, or G2228 spiritual G4152, let him acknowledge G1921 (PresActImpr) that G3754 the things G3739 that I write G1125 (PresActInd) unto you G5213 are G1526 (PresInd) the commandments G1785 of the Lord G2962.
[38] But G1161 if any man G1536 be ignorant G50 (PresActInd), let him be ignorant G50 (PresActImpr).
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[40] Let G1096 all things G3956 be done G1096 (PresMidPasDepImpr) decently G2156 and G2532 in G2596 order G5010.

Young’s Literal Translation

1 Corinthians 14 (YLT)

[1] Pursue the love, and seek earnestly the spiritual things, and rather that ye may prophecy,
[2] for he who is speaking in an unknown tongue-to men he doth not speak, but to God, for no one doth hearken, and in spirit he doth speak secrets;
[3] and he who is prophesying to men doth speak edification, and exhortation, and comfort;
[4] he who is speaking in an unknown tongue, himself doth edify, and he who is prophesying, an assembly doth edify;
[5] and I wish you all to speak with tongues, and more that ye may prophecy, for greater is he who is prophesying than he who is speaking with tongues, except one may interpret, that the assembly may receive edification.
[6] And now, brethren, if I may come unto you speaking tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophesying, or in teaching?
[7] yet the things without life giving sound-whether pipe or harp-if a difference in the sounds they may not give, how shall be known that which is piped or that which is harped?
[8] for if also an uncertain sound a trumpet may give, who shall prepare himself for battle?
[9] so also ye, if through the tongue, speech easily understood ye may not give-how shall that which is spoken be known? for ye shall be speaking to air.
[10] There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is unmeaning,
[11] if, then, I do not know the power of the voice, I shall be to him who is speaking a foreigner, and he who is speaking, is to me a foreigner;
[12] so also ye, since ye are earnestly desirous of spiritual gifts, for the building up of the assembly seek that ye may abound;
[13] wherefore he who is speaking in an unknown tongue-let him pray that he may interpret;
[14] for if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit doth pray, and my understanding is unfruitful.
[15] What then is it? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray also with the understanding; I will sing psalms with the spirit, and I will sing psalms also with the understanding;
[16] since, if thou mayest bless with the spirit, he who is filling the place of the unlearned, how shall he say the Amen at thy giving of thanks, since what thou dost say he hath not known?
[17] for thou, indeed, dost give thanks well, but the other is not built up!
[18] I give thanks to my God-more than you all with tongues speaking-
[19] but in an assembly I wish to speak five words through my understanding, that others also I may instruct, rather than myriads of words in an unknown tongue.
[20] Brethren, become not children in the understanding, but in the evil be ye babes, and in the understanding become ye perfect;
[21] in the law it hath been written, that, ‘With other tongues and with other lips I will speak to this people, and not even so will they hear Me, saith the Lord;’
[22] so that the tongues are for a sign, not to the believing, but to the unbelieving; and the prophesy is not for the unbelieving, but for the believing,
[23] If, therefore, the whole assembly may come together, to the same place, and all may speak with tongues, and there may come in unlearned or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
[24] and if all may prophecy, and any one may come in, an unbeliever or unlearned, he is convicted by all, he is discerned by all,
[25] and so the secrets of his heart become manifest, and so having fallen upon his face, he will bow before God, declaring that God really is among you.
[26] What then is it, brethren? whenever ye may come together, each of you hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation? let all things be for building up;
[27] if an unknown tongue any one do speak, by two, or at the most, by three, and in turn, and let one interpret;
[28] and if there may be no interpreter, let him be silent in an assembly, and to himself let him speak, and to God.
[29] And prophets-let two or three speak, and let the others discern,
[30] and if to another sitting anything may be revealed, let the first be silent;
[31] for ye are able, one by one, all to prophesy, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted,
[32] and the spiritual gift of prophets to prophets are subject,
[33] for God is not a God of tumult, but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints.
[34] Your women in the assemblies let them be silent, for it hath not been permitted to them to speak, but to be subject, as also the law saith;
[35] and if they wish to learn anything, at home their own husbands let them question, for it is a shame to women to speak in an assembly.
[36] From you did the word of God come forth? or to you alone did it come?
[37] if any one doth think to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge the things that I write to you-that of the Lord they are commands;
[38] and if any one is ignorant-let him be ignorant;
[39] so that, brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and to speak with tongues do not forbid;
[40] let all things be done decently and in order.