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1 Corinthians 14 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Pursue love, and use your ambition to try to get spiritual gifts but especially so that you might prophesy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 This is because those who speak in a tongue don't speak to people but to God; no one understands it—they speak mysteries by the Spirit. 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 Those who prophesy speak to people, building them up, and giving them encouragement and comfort. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 People who speak in a tongue build up themselves; those who prophesy build up the church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish that all of you spoke in tongues, but I'd rather you could prophesy. Those who prophesy are more important than those who speak in tongues, unless they are able to interpret them so that the church might be built up. 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 After all, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I help you unless I speak to you with a revelation, some knowledge, a prophecy, or a 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 Likewise, things that aren't alive like a harp or a lyre can make a sound, but if there aren't different notes in the sounds they make, how will the tune from the harp or the lyre be recognized? 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 And if a trumpet call is unrecognizable, then who will prepare for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 It's the same way with you: If you don't use language that is easy to understand when you speak in a tongue, then how will anyone understand what is said? 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 It will be as if you are speaking into the air! There are probably many language families in the world, and none of them are without meaning. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 So if I don't know the meaning of the language, then I will be like a foreigner to those who speak it, and they will be like foreigners 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 The same holds true for you: since you are ambitious for spiritual gifts, use your ambition to try to work toward being the best at building up 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 Therefore, those who speak in a tongue should pray to be able to interpret. 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.
14 If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind isn't productive. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What should I do? I'll pray in the Spirit, but I'll pray with my mind too; I'll sing a psalm in the Spirit, but I'll sing the psalm with my mind too. 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 After all, if you praise God in the Spirit, how will the people who aren't trained in that language say "Amen!" to your thanksgiving, when they don't know 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 You may offer a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving, but the other person is not being built up. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 But in the church I'd rather speak five words in my right mind than speak thousands of words in a tongue so that I can teach others. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brothers and sisters, don't be like children in the way you think. Well, be babies when it comes to evil, but be adults in your thinking. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 In the Law it is written: I will speak to this people with foreign languages and foreigners' lips, but they will not even listen to me this way, 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 So then, tongues are a sign for those who don't believe, not for those who believe. But prophecy is a sign for believers, not for those who don't believe. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 So suppose that the whole church is meeting and everyone is speaking in tongues. If people come in who are outsiders or unbelievers, won't they say that you are out of your minds? 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 everyone is prophesying when an unbeliever or outsider comes in, they are tested by all and called to account 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 their hearts are brought to light. When that happens, they will fall on their faces and worship God, proclaiming out loud that truly God is 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 the outcome of this, brothers and sisters? When you meet together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All these things must be done to build up the church. 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 some speak in a tongue, then let two or at most three speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.
28 However, if there is no interpreter, then they should keep quiet in the meeting. They should speak privately to themselves and to God. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.
29 In the case of prophets, let two or three speak and have the rest evaluate what is said. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 And if some revelation comes to someone else who is sitting down, the first one should be quiet. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 You can all prophesy one at a time so that everyone can learn and be encouraged. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 The spirits of prophets are under the control of the prophets. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 God isn't a God of disorder but of peace. Like in all the churches of God's people, 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 the women should be quiet during the meeting. They are not allowed to talk. Instead, they need to get under control, just as the Law says. 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.
35 If they want to learn something, they should ask their husbands at home. It is disgraceful for a woman to talk during the meeting. 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 Did the word of God originate with you? Has it come only to you? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If anyone thinks that they are prophets or "spiritual people," then let them recognize that what I'm writing to you is the Lord's command. 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 If someone doesn't recognize this, they aren't recognized. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So then, brothers and sisters, use your ambition to try to get the gift of prophecy, but don't prevent speaking in tongues. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 Everything should be done with dignity and in proper order. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.