Pursue love, be zealous for things spiritual, especially that you prophesy. For the one speaking in a language does not speak to people but to God, for no one hears, but he speaks mysteries in the Spirit. But the one prophesying speaks edification and encouragement and consolation to people. The one speaking in a language edifies themselves; but the one prophesying edifies the assembly. I wish you all t speak in languages, but moreso that you prophesy: greater is the one prophesying than the one speaking in languages, unless someone translates, so that the assembly might receive edification.
Now brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in languages, what shall I benefit you, unless I shall speak to you either in a revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? Just as lifeless instruments give a noise, whether flute or guitar, if they do not give distinction between notes, how will it be known what is playing on flute or guitar? And if the horn sounds an unclear noise, who will prepare for war? In this way also if you do not give clear speech through your tongue, how it will be known what is spoken? for you will be speaking into the air. Perchance there are many kinds of noises in the world, and none meaningless. but if I do not know the meaning of the sound, I will be an alien to the one speaking, and the one speaking will be an alien to me. So in this way you also, since you are zealous the spiritual, be zealous for building up the assembly so that you might abound.