1 Corinthians 14:3
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
Acts 4:36
And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,


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


Romans 15:2
Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.


1 Corinthians 14:5
I 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.


1 Corinthians 14:12
Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.


Treasury of Scripture

But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4,12,26 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church...

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord...

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

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.

Ephesians 4:12-16,29 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

exhortation.

Luke 3:18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he to the people.

Acts 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, You men and brothers...

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...

Acts 15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brothers with many words, and confirmed them.

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy...

1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus...

1 Thessalonians 5:11,14 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do...

2 Thessalonians 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brothers; but rather do them service...

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the disputers...

Titus 2:6,9,15 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded...

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more...

Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter to you in few words.

1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother to you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting...

comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:31 For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble...

2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him...

Ephesians 6:22 Whom I have sent to you for the same purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

Colossians 4:8 Whom I have sent to you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;

1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you...

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Why comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do...

Strong's Concordance
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
Topical Bible
Comfort Consolation Edification Encouragement Exhortation Gives Prophesies Prophesieth Prophesying Prophet Speak Speaketh Speaks Strength Strengthening Upbuilding
Resources
1 Corinthians Chapter 14 Verse 3

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NT Letters: 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he who prophesies speaks to men (1 Cor. 1C iC 1Cor i cor icor)
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