1Follow after love, and desire gifts of the Ru’akh, above all that you may prophesy to one another. 2For he who speaks in an unknown language speaks not to men, but to Elohim; for no man understands what he says; however, through HaRu’akh he speaks mysteries. 3But he who prophesies speaks to men for edification, encouragement, and comfort. 4He who speaks in an unknown language edifies himself; but he who prophesies edifies the congregation. 5I would that you all spoke various languages, but I would rather that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in another language, unless he interprets; however, if he interprets, he edifies the congregation.
6Now, my brethren, if I should come to you and speak in diverse languages, what would I profit you, except I speak to you either by means of revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by teaching? 7For even when things without life give sound, whether flute or harp, except they make a distinction between one tone and another, how shall it be known what is sung or played? 8For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for the battle? 9Even so you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what you say? You shall speak as into the air. 10For, behold, there are many kinds of languages in the world, yet none of them without meaning. 11So if I do not understand the utterance, I shall be as a barbarian to the speaker, and the speaker shall be as a barbarian to me. 12Likewise you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts for the edification of the congregation, seek that you may excel in these gifts. 13Thus he who speaks in an unknown language should pray that he may interpret it. 14For if I pray in an unknown language, my spirit prays, but my knowledge is fruitless.
15What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit and I will pray with my understanding also; I will sing with my spirit and I will sing with my understanding also. 16Otherwise, if you say a blessing in the Ru’akh, how can one who occupies the place of the unlearned say ‘Amein’ to your thanksgiving, since he does not understand what you say? 17For indeed you bless well, but your fellow man is not enlightened. 18I thank Elohim that I speak more than everyone in languages; 19but in the congregation I would rather speak five words with my understanding, so that I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown language. 20My brethren, be not like infants in your intelligence; only to evil things be like innocent children, but in your understanding be mature.
21In the Torah it is written “With a foreign speech and in another language I will speak to this people; yet for all that, they will not listen to me, says יהוה .” Thus22,the gift of languages is instituted as a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers; but prophesying is meant not for those who do not believe, but for those who believe. 23If therefore the whole congregation assembles together and all speak in different languages, and there enters unlearned people, or unbelievers, will they not say, “They are crazy!” 24But if all prophesy, and an unlearned man or an unbeliever enters, he will be examined by all, and he will be reproved by all. 25Thus, the secrets of his heart will be revealed, and then he will fall on his face, and he will worship Elohim and say, “Truly Elohim is among you.”
26Therefore, I say to you, my brethren, when you gather together, whoever among you has a Mizmor to sing, has a teaching, has a revelation, has the gift of languages, or the gift of interpretation, let everything be done for edification. 27And if any man should speak in an unknown language, let two, or at most, three speak, and speak one by one; and let one interpret. 28But if there is no one to interpret, let him who speaks in an unknown language keep silence in the congregation; and let him speak to himself and to Elohim. 29Let the nevi’im speak two or three in turn, and let the others discern what is said. 30And if anything is revealed to another who is seated, let the first speaker be quiet. 31For you may all prophesy one by one, so that everyone may learn and everyone is comforted. 32For the spirits of the nevi’im are subject to the nevi’im. 33For Elohim is not an author of confusion, but of shalom, and He is in all the congregations of the k’doshim.
34Let your women keep silent in the congregation, for they have no permission to speak; but they are to be under obedience as is said in the Torah. 35And if they wish to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for women to speak in the congregation.
36What? Did the D’var HaElohim come from you? Or did it come for you only? 37If any one among you thinks he is a navi or that he is inspired by HaRu’akh, let him acknowledge that these things that I write to you are the mitzvot of Adoneinu. 38But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not prohibit speaking in unknown languages. 40Let all things be done decently, and in order.
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