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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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The Greatest Gift


1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of aprophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, bso that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And athough I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body 1to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 aLove suffers long and is bkind; love cdoes not envy; love does not parade itself, is not 1puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, adoes not seek its own, is not provoked, 1thinks no evil;
6 adoes not rejoice in iniquity, but brejoices in the truth;
7 abears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 aFor we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is 1perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For anow we see in a mirror, dimly, but then bface to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Prophecy and Tongues


1 Pursue love, and adesire spiritual gifts, bbut especially that you may prophesy.
2 For he who aspeaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

CHAPTER 13 References

2 a1 Cor.
12:8–10, 28;
14:1 bMatt.
17:20; 21:21
3 aMatt. 6:1, 2
1NU so I may
4 aProv. 10:12;
17:9 bEph.
4:32 cGal. 5:26
5 a1 Cor. 10:24
1keeps no
accounts of
6 aRom. 1:32
b2 John 4
7 aGal. 6:2
9 a1 Cor. 8:2;
10 1complete
12 aPhil. 3:12
b[1 John 3:2]

CHAPTER 14 References

1 a1 Cor.
12:31; 14:39
bNum. 11:25,
2 aActs 2:4;
3 aRom. 14:19;
15:2 b1 Tim.
5 1NU and
6 a1 Cor. 14:26
10 1meaning
11 1Lit. barbarian
12 1eager
2building up
13 a1 Cor.
15 aCol. 3:16
bPs. 47:7
16 a1 Cor.


3 But he who prophesies speaks aedification and bexhortation and comfort to men.
4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; 1for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

Tongues Must Be Interpreted

6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by arevelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
7 Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?
8 For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?
9 So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without 1significance.
11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a 1foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
12 Even so you, since you are 1zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the 2edification of the church that you seek to excel.
13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may ainterpret.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. aI will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing bwith the understanding.
16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” aat your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

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Tongues a Sign to Unbelievers

20 Brethren, ado not be children in understanding; however, in malice bbe babes, but in understanding be mature.
21 aIn the law it is written:

b“With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,”

says the Lord.
22 Therefore tongues are for a asign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
23 Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, awill they not say that you are 1out of your mind?
24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
25 1And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report athat God is truly among you.

Order in Church Meetings

26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, ahas a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. bLet all things be done for 1edification.
27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
29 Let two or three prophets speak, and alet the others judge.
30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, alet the first keep silent.
31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
32 And athe spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of 1confusion but of peace, aas in all the churches of the saints.
34 aLet 1your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the blaw also says.
35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
36 Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
37 aIf anyone thinks himself to be

20 aPs. 131:2
b[1 Pet. 2:2] 21 aJohn 10:34
bIs. 28:11, 12
22 aMark
23 aActs 2:13
25 aIs. 45:14
1NU omits
And thus
26 a1 Cor.
12:8–10; 14:6
b[2 Cor. 12:19] 1building up
29 a1 Cor.
30 a[1 Thess.
5:19, 20] 32 a1 John 4:1
33 a1 Cor.
11:16 1disorder
34 a1 Tim. 2:11
bGen. 3:16
1NU omits
37 a2 Cor. 10:7
38 1NU if anyone
does not
this, he is not
39 a1 Cor.
40 a1 Cor.

a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But 1if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Therefore, brethren, adesire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
40 aLet all things be done decently and in order.

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Praise to God for His Word and Providence


1 For ait is good to sing praises to our God; bFor it is pleasant, and cpraise is beautiful.
2 The LORD abuilds up Jerusalem; bHe gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
3 aHe heals the brokenhearted And binds up their 1wounds.
4 aHe counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
5 aGreat is our Lord, and bmighty in power; cHis understanding is infinite.
6 aThe LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.

7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God,
8 aWho covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9 aHe gives to the beast its food, And bto the young ravens that cry.

PSALM 147 References

1 aPs. 92:1
bPs. 135:3 cPs.
33:1 1Heb.
2 aPs. 102:16
bDeut. 30:3;
Is. 11:12; 56:8;
Ezek. 39:28
3 a[Ps. 51:17];
Is. 61:1; Luke
4:18 1Lit. sorrows
4 aIs. 40:26
5 aPs. 48:1
bNah. 1:3 cIs.
6 aPs. 146:8, 9
8 aJob 38:26;
Ps. 104:13
9 aJob 38:41
b[Matt. 6:26] 10 aPs. 33:16,
14 aIs. 54:13;
60:17, 18 bPs.
132:15 1Lit.
fat of wheat
15 a[Ps.
107:20] 16 aJob 37:6
17 1fragments
of food
18 aJob 37:10
19 aDeut. 33:4;
Ps. 103:7
bMal. 4:4
20 aDeut.
[Rom. 3:1, 2] 1Heb. Hallelujah

10 aHe does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.

12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.
14 aHe makes peace in your borders, And bfills you with 1the finest wheat.

15 aHe sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
16 aHe gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;
17 He casts out His hail like 1morsels; Who can stand before His cold?
18 aHe sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

19 aHe declares His word to Jacob, bHis statutes and His judgments to Israel.
20 aHe has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His judgments, they have not known them. 1

Praise the LORD!




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