Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy*.  For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God, for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.  On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.  The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.  Now, I want you all to speak in tongues but, even more, to prophesy.  The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.  (1 Corinthians 14.1-5)

* “prophesy” is meant, here, in the sense of “teach” or “preach,” not in the sense of “predicting the future.”

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