1 Corinthians 14:1
Context
Prophecy and Tongues

1Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy. 2For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not to men, but to God: for no man understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church. 5I would that you all spoke with tongues but rather that you prophesied: for greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 6Now, brothers, if I come to 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? 7And 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? 8For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 9So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for you shall speak into the air. 10There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 11Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be to him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks shall be a barbarian to me. 12Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church. 13Why let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15What 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. 16Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the room of the unlearned say Amen at your giving of thanks, seeing he understands not what you say? 17For you truly give thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all: 19Yet 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. 20Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men. 21In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak to this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, said the LORD. 22Why tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. 23If 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 you are mad? 24But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25And 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.
Cross References
1 Samuel 10:5
After that you shall come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when you are come thither to the city, that you shall meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:


1 Corinthians 12:1
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I would not have you ignorant.


1 Corinthians 12:31
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a more excellent way.


1 Corinthians 13:2
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.


1 Corinthians 14:22
Why tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.


1 Corinthians 14:24
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:


1 Corinthians 14:39
Why, brothers, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.


1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity.


Treasury of Scripture

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

Follow.

Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

Proverbs 21:21 He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Isaiah 51:1 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek the LORD: look to the rock from where you are hewn...

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness...

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet...

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1 Peter 3:11-13 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it...

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.

charity.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8,13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal...

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

desire.

1 Corinthians 12:1,31 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I would not have you ignorant...

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:3-5,24,25,37,39 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort...

1 Corinthians 13:2,9 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith...

Numbers 11:25-29 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the spirit that was on him, and gave it to the seventy elders...

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy...

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Strong's Concordance
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.
Topical Bible
Aim Ambitious Charity Chiefly Desire Desiring Eager Eagerly Earnestly Emulous Especially Follow Gift Gifts Gives Love Manifestations Order Power Prophecy Prophesy Prophet's Pursue Pursuit Rather Seek Spirit Spiritual Yet
Resources
1 Corinthians Chapter 14 Verse 1

Alphabetical: and but desire eagerly earnestly especially Follow gift gifts love may of prophecy prophesy Pursue spiritual that the way yet you

NT Letters: 1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after love and earnestly desire spiritual (1 Cor. 1C iC 1Cor i cor icor)
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