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with tongues more than you all:
17 For thou, verily, givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak
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.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding; howbeit, in malice be ye children; but in understanding be men.
21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
22 Wherefore 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.
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 ye are mad?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
26 How is it then, brethren ?
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 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 saith the law.b *35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their hus
speak at church.
bands at home; for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
b Saith the law, Gen. iii. 16. In
chapter xi. Paul reproved women for the manner of their praying and prophesying in the church; in this chap. he wholly disapproves the act, as it is unbecoming.
36 What! came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only ?
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if any man be igno rant, let him be ignorant.
39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently, and in order.
CHAP. XV. By Christ's resurrection, 12 he proveth the necessity of our resurrection : 21 the fruits, 35 and, manner of them; 52 and of the change of them that shall be alive then.
MOREOVER, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel, which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, less ye have believed in vain
3 For I delivered unto you, first of all, that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose
third day, according to the false witnesses of God; bescriptures; eause we have testified of God, that he raised up Christ; whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
5 And that he was seen of Cephas,a then of the twelve.
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present,b but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am; and his grace which was bestowed upon me, was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with
11 Therefore, whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
12 Now, if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you, that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen.
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found ■ Cephas, Peter.
b This present time.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised.
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
The fruit and manner I. Corinthians. of our resurrection.
that he is excepted, which did
eth it me if the dead rise not?
33 Be not deceived; evil
34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God; I speak this to your shame.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him, that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead,c if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they
sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead; it is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written,h The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adami was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth; earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.j
b It is written Gen. ii. 7.
i Christ is called the last Adam, because believers receive their sanctified, spiritual nature, & their inmortal bodies from him, as mankind have derived their corrupt nature, & mortal bodies from the first Adam.
j As the earthy man Adam was after the fall, such also earthy men, the wicked, shall be at the resurrection; and as the heavenly man Christ Jesus is at present, such also heavenly men, the righteous, shall be.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh aud blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; (for the trumpet shall sound;) and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory? m
We, the righteous, shall not all die; but such of us, as shall be alive at the coming of Christ, shall be changed; that is, our earthy, corruptible body shall be changed into a spiritual, incorruptible body.
I That is written, Isa. xxv. 8.
m Here the apostle, in joyful anticipation of the release of the righteous from the power of death and the grave, triumphantly exclaims,