Prophecy is for believers (1 Cor. 14:22)


Tongues are a sign

Not for believers

But for unbelievers,

While prophecy

Is not for unbelievers

But for believers.”

ὥστε αἱ γλῶσσαι εἰς σημεῖόν εἰσιν οὐ τοῖς πιστεύουσιν ἀλλὰ τοῖς ἀπίστοις, ἡ δὲ προφητεία οὐ τοῖς ἀπίστοις ἀλλὰ τοῖς πιστεύουσιν.

Paul then concluded that tongues are a sign (ὥστε αἱ γλῶσσαι εἰς σημεῖόν εἰσιν) not for believers (οὐ τοῖς πιστεύουσιν) but for unbelievers (ἀλλὰ τοῖς ἀπίστοις), while prophecy (ἡ δὲ προφητεία) is not for unbelievers (οὐ τοῖς ἀπίστοις) but for believers (ἀλλὰ τοῖς πιστεύουσιν).  Thus, Paul indicated that these tongues were a sign to the unfaithful believers, but not for the believers.  Prophecy was just the opposite since it was not for the unbelievers, but for the believers.  Prophecy was for the believers to build up or edify their church members.  Tongues were just a big distraction for unbelievers, while the prophecy would be too complicated for the unbelievers.  The believers could personally edify themselves with tongues but not their community, while prophecy edified the believing community.  Do you favor prophecy over tongue speaking?

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