Mashiach's First Letter through the Shliach Rav Sha'ul to the Assembly at Kórinthos

Korínthios Alef Chapter 14

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Concerning speaking in Tongues

14:1 Pursue ahavah (agape), and eagerly desire the things of the Ruach Hakodesh (matanot HaRuach Hakodesh), and especially that you may speak forth a dvar hanevu'ah (word of prophecy).

14:2 For he that speaks in an [unknown] lashon (tongue) speaks not to men, but to Elohim (אלהים): for no man understands [him]; However in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

14:3 But he that prophesies speaks to men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

14:4 He that speaks in an [unknown] lashon (tongue) edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the assembly.

14:5 I would that you all spoke with leshonot (tongues), but rather that you prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesies than he that speaks with leshonot (tongues), except he interpret, that the assembly may receive edifying.

14:6 Now, achim, if I come to you speaking with leshonot (tongues), what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by teaching?

14:7 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?

14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

14:9 So likewise you, except you utter by the lashon (tongue) words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for you shall speak into the air.

14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in olam hazeh, and none of them [is] without signification.

14:11 Therefore 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.

14:12 Even so you, forasmuch as you are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that you may excel to the edifying of the assembly.

14:13 Wherefore let him that speaks in an [unknown] lashon (tongue) pray that he may interpret.

14:14 For if I pray in an [unknown] lashon (tongue), my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

14:15 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.

14:16 Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the room of the unlearned say Amein at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understands not what you say?

14:17 For you Truly gives thanks well, but the other is not edified.

14:18 I thank my Elohim (אלהים), I speak with leshonot (tongues) more than you all:

14:19 Yet in the assembly 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] lashon (tongue).

14:20 Achim, be not children in understanding: However in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

14:21 In the Torah it is written: Kiv-Int-link.gif

With [men of] other leshonot (tongues) and other lips will I speak to this people; and yet for all that will they not hear Me, says Adonay.

14:22 Wherefore leshonot (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 If therefore the whole assembly be come together into one place, and all speak with leshonot (tongues), and there come in [those that are] unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that you are mad?

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:

14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on [his] face he will worship Elohim (אלהים), and report that Elohim (אלהים) is in you of a truth.

Do things properly and orderly

14:26 How is it then, achim? when you come together, every one of you have a psalm, have a teaching, have a lashon (tongue), have a revelation, have an interpretation. Let all things be done to edifying.

14:27 If any man speak in an [unknown] lashon (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 no interpreter, let him keep silence in the assembly; and let him speak to himself, and to Elohim (אלהים).

14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

14:30 If [any thing] be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his shalom.

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

14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

14:33 For Elohim (אלהים) is not [the author] of confusion, but of shalom, as in all assemblies of the set apart ones.

14:34 Let your women keep silence in the assemblies:

For it is not permitted to them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be *under obedience, as also says the Torah.

*but should take a secondary and subordinate place,

14:35 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 assembly.

14:36 What? came the word of Elohim (אלהים) out from you? or came it to you only?

14:37 If any man think himself to be a Navi, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of Adonay.

14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

14:39 Wherefore, achim, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with leshonot (tongues).

14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.


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