1 Corinthians 14 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Pursue love! However, keep on eagerly seeking the things of the Spirit; and especially seek to be able to prophesy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 For someone speaking in a tongue is not speaking to people but to God, because no one can understand, since he is uttering mysteries in the power of 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 But someone prophesying is speaking to people, edifying, encouraging and comforting them. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 A person speaking in a tongue does edify himself, but a person prophesying edifies the congregation. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish you would all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you would all prophesy. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in tongues, unless someone gives an interpretation, so that the congregation can be edified. 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 Brothers, suppose I come to you now speaking in tongues. How can I be of benefit to you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy 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 with lifeless musical instruments, such as a flute or a harp, how will anyone recognize the melody if one note can't be distinguished from another? 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 the bugle gives an unclear sound, who will get ready for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 It's the same with you: how will anyone know what you are saying unless you use your tongue to produce intelligible speech? 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 undoubtedly all kinds of sounds in the world, and none is altogether meaningless; 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 but if I don't know what a person's sounds mean, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker will be a foreigner 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 Likewise with you: since you eagerly seek the things of the Spirit, seek especially what will help in edifying the congregation. 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 someone who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit does pray, but my mind is unproductive. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 So, what about it? 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. 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 Otherwise, if you are giving thanks with your spirit, how will someone who has not yet received much instruction be able to say, "Amen," when you have finished giving thanks, since he doesn'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 For undoubtedly you are giving thanks very nicely, but the other person is not being edified. 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 a congregation meeting I would rather say five words with my mind in order to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue! 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brothers, don't be children in your thinking. In evil, be like infants; but in your thinking, be grown-up. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 In the Torah it is written, "By other tongues, by the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people. But even then they will not listen to me," says ADONAI. 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 Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 So if the whole congregation comes together with everybody speaking in tongues, and uninstructed people or unbelievers come in, won't they say you're crazy? 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 you all prophesy, and some unbeliever or uninstructed person enters, he is convicted of sin by all, he is brought under judgment 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 and the secrets of his heart are laid bare; so he falls on his face and worships God, saying, "God is really here 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 our conclusion, brothers? Whenever you come together, let everyone be ready with a psalm or a teaching or a revelation, or ready to use his gift of tongues or give an interpretation; but let everything be for edification. 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 the gift of tongues is exercised, let it be by two or at most three, and each in turn; and let someone 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 And if there is no one present who can interpret, let the people who speak in tongues keep silent when the congregation meets - they can speak 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 Let two or three prophets speak, while the others weigh what is said. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 And if something is revealed to a prophet who is sitting down, let the first one be silent. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 For you can all prophesy one by one, with the result that all will learn something and all will be encouraged. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 Also, the prophets' spirits are under the prophets' control; 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 for God is not a God of unruliness but of shalom. As in all the congregations 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 let the wives remain silent when the congregation meets; they are certainly not permitted to speak out. Rather, let them remain subordinate, as also the Torah 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 and if there is something they want to know, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for a woman to speak out in a congregational 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? Or are you the only people it has reached? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If anyone thinks he is a prophet or is endowed with the Spirit, let him acknowledge that what I am writing you is a command 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 someone doesn't recognize this, then let him remain unrecognized. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So, my brothers, eagerly seek to prophesy; and do not forbid speaking in tongues; 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 but let all things be done in a proper and orderly way. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.