2I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you.3But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the husband is the head of his wife, and God is the head of Christ.4Any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head disgraces his head,5but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head—it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved.6For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should wear a veil.7For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man.8Indeed, man was not made from woman, but woman from man.9Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man.10For this reason a woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.11Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man or man independent of woman.12For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman; but all things come from God.13Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head unveiled?14Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him,15but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.16But if anyone is disposed to be contentious—we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.Abuses at the Lord's Supper
17Now in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.18For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it.19Indeed, there have to be factions among you, for only so will it become clear who among you are genuine.20When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord's supper.21For when the time comes to eat, each of you goes ahead with your own supper, and one goes hungry and another becomes drunk.22What! Do you not have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I commend you? In this matter I do not commend you!The Institution of the Lord's Supper
23For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread,24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”25In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.Partaking of the Supper Unworthily
27Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord.28Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup.29For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.30For this reason many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.31But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged.32But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.33So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.34If you are hungry, eat at home, so that when you come together, it will not be for your condemnation. About the other things I will give instructions when I come.
Chapter 12Spiritual Gifts
1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.2You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak.3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.One Body with Many Members
12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.14Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.15If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.16And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.19If all were a single member, where would the body be?20As it is, there are many members, yet one body.21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,23and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect;24whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member,25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?31But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.Chapter 13The Gift of Love
1If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.Chapter 14Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues
1Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy.2For those who speak in a tongue do not speak to other people but to God; for nobody understands them, since they are speaking mysteries in the Spirit.3On the other hand, those who prophesy speak to other people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.4Those who speak in a tongue build up themselves, but those who prophesy build up the church.5Now I would like all of you to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. One who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.6Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you in some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?7It is the same way with lifeless instruments that produce sound, such as the flute or the harp. If they do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is being played?8And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?9So with yourselves; if in a tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be speaking into the air.10There are doubtless many different kinds of sounds in the world, and nothing is without sound.11If then I do not know the meaning of a sound, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.12So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church.13Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unproductive.15What should I do then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the mind also; I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also.16Otherwise, if you say a blessing with the spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say the “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since the outsider does not know what you are saying?17For you may give thanks well enough, but the other person is not built up.18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you;19nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.20Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.21In the law it is written,
“By people of strange tongues
and by the lips of foreigners
I will speak to this people;
yet even then they will not listen to me,”
says the Lord.22Tongues, then, are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.23If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your mind?24But if all prophesy, an unbeliever or outsider who enters is reproved by all and called to account by all.25After the secrets of the unbeliever's heart are disclosed, that person will bow down before God and worship him, declaring, “God is really among you.”Orderly Worship
26What should be done then, my friends? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.27If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret.28But if there is no one to interpret, let them be silent in church and speak to themselves and to God.29Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.30If a revelation is made to someone else sitting nearby, let the first person be silent.31For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged.32And the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets,33for God is a God not of disorder but of peace.
(As in all the churches of the saints,34women should be silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as the law also says.35If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.36Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only ones it has reached?)37Anyone who claims to be a prophet, or to have spiritual powers, must acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord.38Anyone who does not recognize this is not to be recognized.39So, my friends, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues;40but all things should be done decently and in order.