1 Corinthians: Chapter 14

The First Epistle to the Corinthians. The 14th Chapter
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Wycliffe (1382/95)
Tyndale (1526)
Geneva (1560)
King James (1611)
14:1 Follow ye charity, love ye spiritual things, but more that ye prophesy. Labour for love, and covet spiritual gifts: and most chiefly for to prophesy. Follow after love, and covet spiritual gifts, and rather that ye may prophesy. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
14:2 And he that speaketh in tongue, speaketh not to men, but to God; for no man heareth. But the Spirit speaketh mysteries. For he that speaketh with tongues speaketh not unto men, but unto god. No man heareth him: For in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. For he that speaketh a strange tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man heareth him: howbeit in the spirit he speaketh secret things. 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.
14:3 For he that prophesieth, speaketh to men to edification, and admonishing, and comforting. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men, for their edifying and comfort. But he that prophesieth, speaketh unto men to edifying, and to exhortation, and to comfort. But he that prophesieth, speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
14:4 He that speaketh in tongue, edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church of God. He that speaketh with tongues, profiteth himself: he that prophesieth edifieth the congregation. He that speaketh strange language, edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth, edifieth the Church. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue, edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth, edifieth the Church.
14:5 Forsooth I will you all to speak in tongues, but more that ye prophesy. For why he that prophesieth, is more than he that speaketh with tongues; but peradventure he interpret, that the church take edification. 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 expound it also, that the congregation may have edifying. I would that ye all spake strange languages, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth, than he that speaketh divers tongues, except he expound it, that the Church may receive edification. 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.
14:6 Now forsooth, brethren, if I come to you, speaking with tongues, what shall I profit, but if I shall speak to you either in revelation, or in science, or in prophecy, or in teaching? Now brethren if I come unto you speaking with tongues: what shall I profit you? except I speak unto you, other by revelation, or knowledge, or prophesying, or doctrine. And now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking divers tongues, what shall I profit you, except I speak to you, either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? 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?
14:7 Nevertheless those things that be without soul giving voices, either pipe, or harp, but if they shall give distinction of soundings, how shall it be known, that is sung, or that that is harped. Moreover when things without life give sound: whether it be a pipe, or an harp: except they make a distinction in the sounds: how shall it be known what is piped or harped? Moreover things without life which give a sound, whether it be a pipe or an harp, except they make a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 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?
14:8 For why if the trump give uncertain voice, who shall make himself ready to battle? And also if the trump give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself to fight? And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
14:9 So and but ye give an open word by tongue, how shall that that is said be known? For ye shall be speaking in the air, Even so likewise when ye speak with tongues, except ye speak words that have signification, how shall it be understood what is spoken? For ye shall but speak in the air. So likewise you, by the tongue, except ye utter words that have signification, how shall it be understood what is spoken? for ye shall speak in the air. 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.
14:10 as so many kinds of tongues be in this world, and nothing is without voice. Many kinds of voices are in the world, and none of them are without signification. There are so many kinds of voices (as it cometh to pass) in the world, and none of them is dumb. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them are without signification.
14:11 Therefore if I know not the virtue of voice, I shall be to him, to whom I shall speak, a barbaric; and he that speaketh to me, shall be a barbaric. If I know not what the voice meaneth, I shall be unto him that speaketh an alien: and he that speaketh shall be an alien unto me. Except I know then the power of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh, a barbarian, and he that speaketh, shall be a barbarian unto me. 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.
14:12 So and ye, for ye be lovers of spirits, to the edification of the church seek that ye be plenteous. Even so ye (forasmuch as ye covet spiritual gifts) seek that ye may have plenty unto the edifying of the congregation. Even so, forasmuch as ye covet spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel unto the edifying of the Church. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the Church.
14:13 And therefore he that speaketh in tongue, pray, that he interpret. Wherefore let him that speaketh with tongues, pray that he may interpret also. Wherefore, let him that speaketh a strange tongue, pray, that he may interpret. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue, pray that he may interpret.
14:14 For why if I pray in tongue, my spirit prayeth; forsooth my mind is without fruit. If I pray with tongues, my spirit prayeth: but my mind is without fruit. For if I pray in a strange tongue, my spirit prayeth: but mine understanding is without fruit. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
14:15 What then? I shall pray in spirit, I shall pray and in mind; I shall say psalm in spirit, I shall say psalm also in mind. What is it then? I will pray with my spirit, and will pray with my mind also. I will sing with my spirit, and will sing with my mind also. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, but I will sing with the understanding also. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
14:16 For why if thou shalt bless in spirit, who filleth the place of an idiot, how shall he say Amen upon thy blessing, for he knoweth not, what thou sayest? For else when thou blessest 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. Else, when thou blessest with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned, say Amen, at thy giving of thanks, seeing he knoweth not what thou sayest? 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?
14:17 For why thou soothly doest well graces, but another is not edified. Thou verily givest thanks well: but the other is not edified. For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. For thou verily givest thanks well: but the other is not edified.
14:18 I do graces to my God, for I speak in the tongue of all you; I thank my god, I speak with tongues more than ye all. I thank my God, I speak languages more than ye all. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all.
14:19 but in the church I will speak five words in my wit, that also I teach other men, than ten thousands of words in tongue not understood. yet had I lever in the congregation to speak five words with my mind to the information of other, rather than ten thousand words with the tongue. Yet had I rather in the Church to speak five words with mine understanding that I might also instruct others, than ten thousand words in a strange tongue. 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.
14:20 Brethren, do not ye be made children in wits, but in malice be ye children; but in wits be ye perfect. Brethren be not children in wit: as concerning maliciousness be children: but in wit be perfect. Brethren, be not children in understanding, but as concerning maliciousness be children, but in understanding be of a ripe age. Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit, in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
14:21 For in the law it is written, That in other tongues and other lips I shall speak to this people, and neither so they shall hear me, saith the Lord. In the law it is written, with other tongues, and with other lips will I speak unto this people, and yet for all that will they not hear me saith the lord. In the Law it is written, By men of other tongues, & by other languages will I speak unto this people: yet so shall they not hear me, saith the Lord. 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.
14:22 Therefore languages be into token, not to faithful men, but to men out of the faith; but prophecies be not to men out of the faith, but to faithful men. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe: but to them that believe not. contrariwise prophesying serveth not for them that believe not: but for them which believe. Wherefore strange 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. 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.
14:23 Therefore if all the church come together into one, and all men speak in tongues, soothly if idiots enter, or men out of the faith, whether they say not, What be ye mad? If therefore when all the congregation is come together, and all speak with tongues, there come in they that are unlearned, or they which believe not: will they not say that ye are out of your wits? If therefore, when the whole Church is come together in one, and all speak strange tongues, there come in they that are unlearned, or they which believe not, will they not say, that ye are out of your wits? If therefore the whole Church be come together into some place, and all speak with tongues, & there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
14:24 Forsooth if all men prophesy, forsooth if any unfaithful man or idiot enter, he is convicted of all, he is wisely deemed of all. But and if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is reproved of all men, and is judged of every man: But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is rebuked of all men, and is judged of all. 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.
14:25 For the hid things of his heart be known, and so he falling down on the face, shall worship God, and shew verily that God is in you. and so are the secrets of his heart opened: and then falleth he down on his face, and worshippeth god, and saith that god is with you indeed. And so are the secrets of his heart made manifest, & so he will fall down on his face and worship God, and say plainly that God is in you indeed. 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.
14:26 Therefore, brethren, what is? When ye come together, each of you hath a psalm, he hath teaching, he hath apocalypse, he hath tongue, he hath interpreting; be all things done to edification. How is it then brethren? when ye come together every man hath his song, hath his doctrine, hath his tongue, hath his revelation, hath his interpretation: Let all things be unto edifying. What is to be done then, brethren? when ye come together, according as every one of you hath a psalm, or hath doctrine, or hath a tongue, or hath revelation, or hath interpretation, let all things be done unto edifying. 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.
14:27 Whether a man speak in tongue, be this done by two men, orasmuch three, and by parts, that one interpret. If any man speak with tongues, let it be two at once: or at the most three at once: and that by course. and let another interpret it: If any man speak a strange tongue, let it be by two, or at the most, by three, and that by course, and let one interpret. 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.
14:28 But if there be not an interpreter, be he still in the church, and speak he to himself and to God. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the congregation, and let him speak to himself, and to god. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the Church, which speaketh languages, and let him speak to himself, and to God. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the Church, and let him speak to himself, and to God.
14:29 Soothly prophets two or three say, and others wisely deem. Let the prophets speak two at once, or three at once, and let other judge. Let the Prophets speak two, or three, and let the other judge. Let the Prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
14:30 That if any thing shall be shewed to one sitting, be the former still. If any revelation be made to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. And if any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
14:31 For ye be able to prophesy all, each by himself, that all men learn, and all admonish. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may have comfort. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, & all may have comfort. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
14:32 And the spirits of prophets be subject to prophets; For the spirits of the prophets are in the power of the prophets. And the spirits of the Prophets are subject to the Prophets. And the spirits of the Prophets are subject to the Prophets.
14:33 for why God is not of dissension, but of peace; as I teach in all churches of holy men. For god is not causer of strife: but of peace, as he is in all other congregations of saints. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as we see in all the Churches of the Saints. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all Churches of the Saints.
14:34 Women in churches be still; for it is not suffered to them to speak, but to be subject, as the law saith. Let your wives keep silence in the congregations. For it is not permitted unto them to speak: but let them be under obedience, as saith the law: Let your women keep silence in the Churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak: but they ought to be subject, as also the Law saith. 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.
14:35 But if they will any thing learn, ask they their husbands at home; for it is foul thing to a woman to speak in the church. if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for women to speak in the congregation. 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. 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.
14:36 Whether the word of God came forth of you, or to you alone it came? Sprung the word of God from you? other came it unto you only? Came the word of God out from you? either came it unto you only? What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
14:37 If any man is seen to be a prophet, or spiritual, know he the things that I write to you, for they be the commandments of the Lord. If any man think himself a prophet other spiritual: let him understand, what things I write unto you. For they are the commandments of the lord. 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. 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.
14:38 Forsooth if any man unknoweth, he shall be unknowing. But and if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. And if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
14:39 Therefore, brethren, love ye to prophesy, and do not ye forbid to speak in tongues. Wherefore brethren covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, & forbid not to speak languages. Wherefore brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
14:40 Forsooth be all things done honestly, and by due order in you. Let all things be done honestly and in order. Let all things be done honestly and by order. Let all things be done decently, and in order.
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