i t e S e a r c h
books history index
13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have
English word meaning love), I am become as sounding brass
or a tinkling cymbal.
13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains
and have not charity, I am nothing.(don't
13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I
give my body to be burned and have not charity.(an
Old English word meaning love), it profits me nothing.
It's not what
you do that counts in the Book
of Life, but why it's being done.
'charity' here is Old
English for 'love').suffers
long and is kind; charity envies not; charity vaunts
not itself, is not puffed up,
13:5 Does not behave
that would include not being arrogant),
not her own, is not easily provoked,
thinks no evil.
no evil' doesn't mean one is not aware of what is evil, but rather one
to not do evil, to not have evil actions in mind to do (*).
Learn to be good. Don't think
apart from what is true about you. And what's
13:6 Rejoices not in iniquity,
but rejoices in the truth;
implies keeping a secret about things of others which should not be repeated).all
things, believes all things.(is
to new things and is willing to believe),
all things, endures
is an old English word that means love; this whole
chapter here is called the love chapter).never
because spiritual qualities endure eternally). But whether
there be prophecies,
they shall fail; whether there be tongues,
they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which
is in part shall be done away.
13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child,
I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things.
13:12 For now we
see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face.(a
saying meaning equality).
Now I know in part.(Job
11:7-9; Ecclesiastes 11:5),
but then shall I know even as also I am known.
knows His Soul is expressing
as a unique expression
and it's you being the special expression of what
He is, when aligned with it.
Like, when aligned with the good purpose of your parents, say to head out
on vacation and visiting grandma and grandpa's house and you're happy and
excited about it all, but yet
not knowing fully what the experiences will all be like, sort
of like a plane far off in the sky and being unable to see any details
of it's shape and any names that may be on it.
13:13 And now abides faith, hope, charity, these three, but.the
greatest of these is charity.
word 'charity' is an Old
English word for love.
14:1 Follow after charity.(old
English word for love).and
desire spiritual gifts,
but rather that you may prophesy..
is, as opposed to gifts that could tend
to make you feel separate from and superior
to another, such as 'I can do healings and he can't (the old 'my dad is
smarter than your dad' stuff.
14:3 But he that prophesies
speaks unto men to edification
14:4 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself, but he that
prophesies edifies the church.
14:5 I would that you all speak 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.
Notes; "I would that you all spake
with tongues". It is an important endowment
and is not, in its place, to be undervalued. It may be of great service
in the cause of truth if properly regulated and not abused, I would rejoice
if these extraordinary endowments were conferred on all. I have no envy
against any who possess this ability and I have no opposition to the endowment,
but I wish that it should not be overvalued and would wish to exalt into
proper estimation the more useful but humble gift of speaking for the edification
of the church. In other words, does what you say build others up.
14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto 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?
he that prophesies". This gift is of more
value and those who have this gift occupy a more elevated rank in the church,
because it is a more useful gift. The idea here is, that talents people
have are not to be estimated by their brilliancy, but by their usefulness.
The power of speaking in an unknown tongue was certainly a more striking
endowment than that of speaking so as simply to be useful and yet the apostle
Paul tells us that the latter is the more valuable. One who who is useful,
however humble and unknown he may be, really occupies a more elevated and
venerable rank than the man of most splendid talents and dazzling eloquence.
interpret". However important and valuable
the truth might be which he uttered by such 'tongues', it would he useless
to the church, unless he should explain it in language which they all could
14:7-9 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? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall
prepare himself to the battle? So 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.
14:10 There are, it may be, so many
kinds of voices in the world and none of them is without signification.
14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be
unto him that speaks a barbarian
and he that speaks shall be a barbarian unto me.
14:12 Even so you, forasmuch as you are zealous of spiritual gifts,
seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.
14:13 Wherefore let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that
he may interpret.
14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding
14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray
with the understanding.(or,
6:6).also. I will sing with
the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also.
14:16 Else when blessing 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?
14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all.
spoke in more foreign languages than the others who spoke in tongues, but
didn't see much value in it as it failed in comparison to the other gifts.
14:19 Yet 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.
14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding. Howbeit in malice
be you children.(Ephesians
4:25-29), but in understanding be men.(be
14:22 Wherefore tongues
are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.
serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
14:23 If 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?
14:26 How is it then, brethren? when you come together, every one of
you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an
interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
14:27,28 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two or
at the most by three and that by course.(so
that it's not all speaking at once which would seem like confusion).and
let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church and
let him speak to himself and to God.
14:32 And the spirits of the prophets
are subject to the prophets.
Illustrated New Testament:."The
meaning of the verse is, that they who speak are not under an irresistible
influence, but may speak or refrain from speaking as they please.".Adam
grants no ungovernable gifts.".Peoples
New Testament Notes:."A
prophet can wait his turn in silence. He is not compelled to speak at once,
for his spirit is subject to him. He can be silent if he wills it."
14:33 For God is not the author of
for word 'confusion' is 'tumult',
but of peace as in all churches
of the saints.
But why not
use any power one may have, to do good? The situation here was the church
in Corinth at this time was excited about the spiritual gifts they had
received (1Corinthians chapter 12) and were
off at once, but this was only conducive
to confusion: verses 7-9,23,33,40; Luke
10:20. People can control
their attitudes. Eli controlled his by not even using them. Ancient Eli,
the high priest at that time way back in the Old Testament era, seemed
to be somewhat of a lazy fat man who didn't use any abilities to train
his children properly.
if God isn't, then how
come we become confused about things and get screwed up in life at
times and even in our language (one example)
and even perhaps
toward a giving up? Not close to God is the main reason:.Isaiah
42:16. And the answer to that is to get close to God. How?
14:34,35 Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not
permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience,
as also says the law. 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 church.
worship meetings of early Christians were frequent, often daily and Paul
laid down certain rules so everything would be conducted in decency
33 just above and verse 40 just below. Probably there was so much socialability
and excitement over the spiritual gifts, that both men and women were given
by God back then, that they were all anxious to express what they had,
giving no thought to the overall effect, especially to new people at their
this chapter for more. The same principle should be applicable today,
so that all is conducted in dignity
for God. With everyone asking and excitedly
explaining to others truths they discovered, the get togethers were turning
into overall confusion, so some rules had to be laid down.
14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy
and forbid not to speak with
'Says the law'
and 'ask their husbands at home' is referring to the Old Testament in.Genesis
3:16; 1Timothy 2:9-12.
used great women of old and Joel predicted that in the Christian dispensation
the sons and daughters would prophesy:.Joel
women speaking in the churches. Why?.1Corinthians
11:3 gives us some reasons. Ancient Corinth was a wild city (1Corinthians
5:1,2) as today wouldn't be tolerated in most cities on Earth, a city
with unorganized, fragmentary and loose relationships and all that goes
along with that.
new Christians were coming out of a
environment in Corinth. Start at the beginning of 1Corinthians and read
on through to get a flavor of what Paul was dealing with that was spilling
over into their meetings, causing both confusion and offenses. See verse
23 and 33 above. Many public women were disreputable.
Greek women were normally secluded
from the gatherings the corrupt Corinthian church gatherings had for their
hinted at a disreputable woman was shunned:.1Thessalonians
5:22. A public gathering was generally thought then to be anything
other than dignified
if there was much of what apperared like such types of confusion around:.1Corinthians
There is no
evidence of a prohibition to any churches except the ones in Greece. Wherever
it would be somewhat offensive, women not speaking would calm things down:.1Corinthians
14:40 Let all things be done decently.(original
for word 'decently' includes 'honestly', 'honorably').and