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1 Corinthians 14 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Go after love; still desiring to have the things which the Spirit gives, but most of all that you may have the prophet's power. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 For he who makes use of tongues is not talking to men but to God; because no one has the sense of what he is saying; but in the Spirit he is talking of secret things. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.
3 But the word of the prophet gives men knowledge and comfort and strength. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 He who makes use of tongues may do good to himself; but he who gives the prophet's word does good to the church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 Now though it is my desire for you all to have the power of tongues, it would give me more pleasure to be hearing the prophet's word from you; for this is a greater thing than using tongues, if the sense is not given at the same time, for the good of the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.
6 But, now, my brothers, if I come to you using tongues, what profit will it be to you, if I do not give you a revelation, or knowledge, or the word of the prophet, or teaching? 6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?
7 Even things without life, having a voice, such as a music-pipe or other instrument, if they do not give out different sounds, who may be certain what is being played? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?
8 For if the war-horn gives out an uncertain note, who will get ready for the fight? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 So if you, in using a strange tongue, say words which have no sense, how will anyone take in what you are saying? for you will be talking to the air. 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.
10 There are, it may be, a number of different voices in the world, and no voice is without sense. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 But if the sense of the voice is not clear to me, I am like a man from a strange country to him who is talking, and he will be the same to me. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me.
12 So if you are desiring the things which the Spirit gives, let your minds be turned first to the things which are for the good of the church. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
13 For this reason, let the man who has the power of using tongues make request that he may, at the same time, be able to give the sense. 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.
14 For if I make use of tongues in my prayers, my spirit makes the prayer, but not my mind. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What then? let my prayer be from the spirit, and equally from the mind; let my song be from the spirit, and equally from mind. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
16 For if you give a blessing with the spirit, how will the man who has no knowledge say, So be it, after your prayer, seeing that he has not taken in what you are saying? 16 If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?
17 For your giving of the blessing is certainly well done, but of no profit to the man without knowledge. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I give praise to God that I am able to make use of tongues more than you all: 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 But in the church it would be better for me to make use of five words of which the sense was clear, so that others might have profit, than ten thousand words in a strange tongue. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 My brothers, do not be children in mind: in evil be as little children, but in mind be of full growth. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 In the law it is said, By men of other tongues and by strange lips will my words come to this people; and not even so will they give ear to me, says the Lord. 21 In the Law it is written: "Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord.
22 For this reason tongues are for a sign, not to those who have faith, but to those who have not: but the prophet's word is for those who have faith, and not for the rest who have not. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 If, then, the church has come together, and all are using tongues, and there come in men without knowledge or faith, will they not say that you are unbalanced? 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
24 But if all are teaching as prophets, and a man without faith or knowledge comes in, he is tested by all, he is judged by all; 24 But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all,
25 The secrets of his heart are made clear; and he will go down on his face and give worship to God, saying that God is truly among you. 25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"
26 What is it then, my brothers? when you come together everyone has a holy song, or a revelation, or a tongue, or is giving the sense of it. Let everything be done for the common good. 26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
27 If any man makes use of a tongue, let it not be more than two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let someone give the sense: 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.
28 But if there is no one to give the sense, let him keep quiet in the church; and let his words be to himself and to God. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.
29 And let the prophets give their words, but not more than two or three, and let the others be judges of what they say. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 But if a revelation is given to another who is seated near, let the first be quiet. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 For you may all be prophets in turn so that all may get knowledge and comfort; 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are controlled by the prophets; 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 For God is not a God whose ways are without order, but a God of peace; as in all the churches of the saints. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 Let women keep quiet in the churches: for it is not right for them to be talking; but let them be under control, as it says in the law. 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.
35 And if they have a desire for knowledge about anything, let them put questions to their husbands privately: for talking in the church puts shame on a woman. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
36 What? was it from you that the word of God went out? or did it only come in to you? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If any man seems to himself to be a prophet or to have the Spirit, let him take note of the things which I am writing to you, as being the word of the Lord. 37 If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command.
38 But if any man is without knowledge, let him be so. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So then, my brothers, let it be your chief desire to be prophets; but let no one be stopped from using tongues. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 Let all things be done in the right and ordered way. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.