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1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2 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 mysteries. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 5 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. 6 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? 7 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 or harped? 8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 9 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. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 11 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. 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, 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 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? 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 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 unknown tongue. 20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. 21 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 the LORD. 22 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. 23 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? 24 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: 25 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. 26 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. 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. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 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 as also saith the law. 35 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. 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 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 the Lord. 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

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1 Deena E = "Paul says to follow after love, but desire the gift of prophecy over angelic tongues. Prophesying edifies everyone, but speaking in tongues without interpretation only edifies the one who has the gift. All our God-given gifts are not given for merely benefitting self, but are to used for the benefit of everyone."
2 Sarah R = "It seems as though two different gifts of tongues are mentioned in the New Testament. At Pentecost (Acts 2), the disciples were granted the gift of tongues through the Holy Spirit that allowed them to speak in the native languages of those around them. They therefore spoke real languages that were unknown to them. However, in the New Testament writings, we also see mention of tongues as a "heavenly" language, not a language of any people on Earth. If someone should begin speaking in a heavenly tongue within a church service, then Paul says that someone need interpret through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, they should not speak and disrupt the service but rather keep that gift for use at home."
3 Sarah R = "Tongues, Gift ofgranted on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4), in fulfilment of a promise Christ had made to his disciples (Mark 16:17). What this gift actually was has been a subject of much discussion. Some have argued that it was merely an outward sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit among the disciples, typifying his manifold gifts, and showing that salvation was to be extended to all nations. But the words of Luke (Acts 2:9) clearly show that the various peoples in Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost did really hear themselves addressed in their own special language with which they were naturally acquainted (comp. Joel 2:2829).Among the gifts of the Spirit the apostle enumerates in 1 Cor. 12:10-14:30, "divers kinds of tongues" and the "interpretation of tongues." This "gift" was a different manifestation of the Spirit from that on Pentecost, although it resembled it in many particulars. Tongues were to be "a sign to them that believe not."- Easton's Bible Dictionary"
4 Sarah R = "Paul says we should seek after spiritual gifts. We receive gifts through the Holy Spirit within us. We can pray and ask God to bless us with gifts, and we can develop our gifts by practicing them. There are many different gifts, but all serve for the edification and growth of the church. Read more about spiritual gifts in Ephesians 4 and Romans 12."
5 Sarah R = "A quote from Isaiah 28:11-12."
6 Sarah R = "Paul states that if they are all speaking in tongues, when an unbeliever comes in he will not understand  and it will not help him. However if they are prophesing, the word could cut deep and convict the unbeliever and bring him to faith. This should be more the focus of the service, so that more may come to believe."
7 Cary W = "Rare is the church service I have attended where this instruction was followed.  Most churches have one or two appointed leaders who preach and lead worship, with little or no room made for believers present to participate.Yet this verse reveals the true heart of God at work in each one, each with a unique gift, service and offering, that as a body we may each participate in the edification of the saints."
8 Cary W = "This is Paul speaking, not Christ, I am fairly certain, for this makes no sense in our present age of equality.  But in Paul's day, this kind of instruction may have been prudent, given the culture, traditions and mindset of the people."
9 Sarah R = "In those days it was custom for the women to sit up in the balcony and the men to sit on the main floor. Therefore if the women had any comments or questions, they had to yell down to their husbands, thus disrupting the service. One should also note that women in those days did not attend Jewish school and learn of the Scriptures themselves. Paul in other places notes women who have worked along side him and the other disciples, so it is not that he is against women serving in the church. This is more of a cultural warning, which we can interpret as the need to maintain order within the church."