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have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And if I should have prophecy, and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely is not puffed up.

5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil.

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall 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 the things of a child.

12 We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known.

13 And now there remain, faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greater of these is chacity,


The gift of prophesying is to be prefer red before that of speaking strange tongues.

FOLLOW after charity, be zealous for spiritual gifts: but rather that you may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in a tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man heareth. Yet by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth, speakethto men unto edification and exhortation and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in a tongue, edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church.

5 And I would have you all to speak with tongues, but rather to prophesy. For greater is he that prophesieth, than he that speaketh with tongues: unless perhaps he interpret, that the church may receive edification.

6 But now, brethren, if I come to you, speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophecy, or in doctrine?

7 Even things without life that give sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction of sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue plain

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Ver. 2. Not unto men. Viz., so as to be heard, that is, so as to be under stood by them.

epeech, how shall it be known what is said? For you shall be speaking into the air.

10 There are, for example, so many kinds of tongues in this world: and none is without voice.

11 If then I know not the power of the voice, I shall be to him, to whom I speak, a barbarian, and he, that speaketh, a barbarian to me.

12 So you also, forasmuch as you are zealous of spirits, seek to abound unto the edifying of the church.

13 And therefore he that speaketh by a tongue, let him pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is without fruit.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, I will pray also with the understanding: I will sing with the spirit, I will sing also with the understanding.

16 Else if thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that holdeth the place of the unlearned say, Amen, to thy

Ver. 12. Of spirits. of spiritual gifts.

blessing? because he knoweth not what thou sayest.

17 For thou indeed givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God I speak with all your tongues.

19 But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also: than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20 Brethren, do not become children in sense, but in malice be children, and in sense be perfect.

21 In the law it is written: In other tongues and other lips, I will speak to this people: and neither so will they hear me saith the Lord.

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to believers, but to unbelievers: but prophecies, not to unbelievers, but to believers.

23 If therefore the whole church come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there crme in unlearned persons or infidels, will they not say that you are mad?

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or an unlearned person, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all.

25 The secrets of his heart are made manifest, and so, falling down on his face, he will adore God, affirming that God is among you indeed.

Ver. 16. Amen. The unlearned, not knowing that you are then bles sing, will not be qualified to join with you by saying Amen to your blessing. The use or abuse of strange tongues, of which the apostle here speaks, does not regard the public liturgy of the church, (in which strange tongues were never used) but certain conferences of the faithful, ver. 26, &c., in which, meeting together, they dis- 26 How is it then, brethren? covered to one another their various When you come together, every miraculous gifts of the Spirit, common In those primitive times; amongst one of you hath a psalm, hath a which the apostle prefers that of pro- dectrine, hath a revelation, hath phesying before that of speakingngue, hath an interpretaa strange tongues, because it was more to the public edification. "Where also tion. tn: let all things be done to

note, that the Latin, used in our e
liturgy, is so far from being a strange
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a Isaias 28. 11.

27 If any speak with a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and in course, and let one interpret.

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him hold his peace in the church, and speak to himself and to God.

29 And let the prophets speak, two or three: and let the rest judge.

30 But if anything be revealed to another sitting, let the first hold his peace.

31 For you may all prophesy one by one; that all may learn, and all may be exhorted:


32 And the spirits of the phets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the God of dissension, but of peace: as also I teach in all the churches of

the saints.

34 Let women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted them to speak, but to be subject, a as also the law saith.

35 But if they would learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.

36 Or did the word of God come out from you? Or came it only unto you?

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6 Then was he seen by more than five hundred brethren at once of whom many remain until this present, and some are fallen asleep.

7 After that, he was seen by James, then by all the apostles.

8 And last of all, he was seen also by me, as by one born out of due time.

37 If any seem to be a pro9 For I am the least of the phet, or spiritual, let him know apostles, who am not worthy to the things that I write to you, be called an apostle, because I that they are the command-persecuted the church of God. ments of the Lord.

38 But if any man know not,

he shall not be known.

39 Wherefore, brethren, be zealous to prophesy: and for.. bid not to speak with tongues.

40 But let all things be done decently, and according to order.

Gen. 8. 16.

10 But by the grace of God, I am what I am; and his grace in me hath not been void, but I have laboured more abundantly than all they yet not I, but the grace of God with me:

11 For whether I, or they, so

b Gal. 1. 11.- Isaias 53. 5.-d Jonas 2. 1.- John 20. 19.-ƒ Acts 9.3. Ephes. 3.8.

we preach, and so you have be- | he shall have delivered up the lieved. kingdom to God and the Father, when he shall have brought to nought all principality, and power. and virtue.

12. Now if Christ be preached that he arose again from the dead, how do some among you say, that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13 But if there be no resursection of the dead, then Christ is not risen again.

14 And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have given testimonyagainst God, that he hath raised up Christ; whom he hath not raised up, if the dead rise not again.

16 For if the dead rise not again, neither is Christ risen again.

17 And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain, for you are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also that 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.

20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, the first-fruits them that sleep.

21 For by a man came death, and by a man the resurrection of the dead.

22 And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.

23 But every one in his own order: the first-fruits Christ, then they that are of Christ, who have believed in his coming.

25 For he must reign, Until he hath put all his enemies under his feet.

26 And the enemy death shall be destroyed last, d For he hath put all things under his feet. And whereas he saith,

27 All things are put under him; undoubtedly, he is excepted, who put all things under him.

28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then the Son also himself shall be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

29 Otherwise what shall they do that are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not again at all? why are they then baptized for them?

30 Why also are we in danger every hour?

31 I die daily, I protest by your glory, brethren, which I have in CHRIST JESUS Our Lord.

c Ps. 109. 1. Heb. 1. 13 and 10. 13.d Ps. 8. 8. Heb. 2. 8.

CHAP. XV. Ver. 28. The Son also himself shall be subject unto him. Tha is, the Son will be subject to the Fa ther, according to his human nature, even after the general resurrection and also the whole mystical body of Christ will be entirely subject to God, obeying him in everything."

dead. Some think the apostle here Ver. 29. That are baptized for the alludes to a ceremony then in use: but others, more probably, to the formed by the primitive christians for prayers and penitential labours, per the souls of the faithful departed: of to the baptism of afflictions and suffer a Col. 1. 18. Apoc. 1. 5.-b1 Thes, ings undergone for sinners spiritual Idead.

24 Afterwards the end, when

4. 15.

32 If (according to man) I fought with beasts at Ephesus, what doth it profit me, if the Idead rise not again? Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die.

33 Be not seduced: Evil communications corrupt good man


34 Awake, ye just, and sin not. For some have not the knowledge of God, I speak it to your shame.

35 But some man will say: How do the dead rise again? or with what manner of body shall they come?

36 Senseless man, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die first.

37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be; but bare grain, as of wheat, or of some of the


38 But God giveth it a body as he will and to every seed its proper body.

39 All flesh is not the same flesh but one is the flesh of men, another of beasts, another of birds, another of fishes.

40 And there are bodies celestial, and bodies terrestrial: but, one is the glory of the celestial, and another of the terrestrial,

41 One is the glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, and another the glory of the stars. For star differeth from star in glory:

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in cor

a Wis. 2. 6. Isaias 22. 13. and 56. 12.

Ver. 32. Let us eat and drink, &c.

That is, if we did not believe that we were to rise again from the dead, we might live like the impious and wicked who have no belief in the resurrection.

ruption, it shall rise in incorruption.

43 It is sown in dishonour, it shall rise in glory. It is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power.

44 It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body. If there be a natural body, there is also a spiritual body, as it is written:

45 The Arst man Adam was made into a living soul: the last Adam into a quickening spirit.

46 Yet that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural: afterwards that which is spiritual.

47 The first man was of the earth, earthly: the second man, from heaven, heavenly.

48 Such as is the earthly, such also are the earthly: and such as is the heavenly, such also are they that are heavenly.

49 Therefore as we have borne the image of the earthly, let us bear also the image of the heavenly.

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption.

51 Behold I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed.

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again incorruptible: and w shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 And when this mortal hath put on, immortality, then shall

Gen. 2. 7.

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