1 Corinthians 14 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It is love, then, that you should strive for. Set your hearts on spiritual gifts, especially the gift of proclaiming God's message. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 Those who speak in strange tongues do not speak to others but to God, because no one understands them. They are speaking secret truths by 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 those who proclaim God's message speak to people and give them help, encouragement, and comfort. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 Those who speak in strange tongues help only themselves, but those who proclaim God's message help the whole church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I would like for all of you to speak in strange tongues; but I would rather that you had the gift of proclaiming God's message. For the person who proclaims God's message is of greater value than the one who speaks in strange tongues - unless there is someone present who can explain what is said, so that the whole church may be helped. 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 So when I come to you, my friends, what use will I be to you if I speak in strange tongues? Not a bit, unless I bring you some revelation from God or some knowledge or some inspired message or some 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 Take such lifeless musical instruments as the flute or the harp - how will anyone know the tune that is being played unless the notes are sounded distinctly? 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 one who plays the bugle does not sound a clear call, who will prepare for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 In the same way, how will anyone understand what you are talking about if your message given in strange tongues is not clear? Your words will vanish in 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 many different languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 But if I do not know the language being spoken, those who use it will be foreigners to me and I will be a foreigner to them. 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 Since you are eager to have the gifts of the Spirit, you must try above everything else to make greater use of those which help to build 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 The person who speaks in strange tongues, then, must pray for the gift to explain what is said. 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 this way, my spirit prays indeed, but my mind has no part in it. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What should I do, then? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray also with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will sing also 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 When you give thanks to God in spirit only, how can ordinary people taking part in the meeting say "Amen" to your prayer of thanksgiving? They have no way of knowing 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 Even if your prayer of thanks to God is quite good, other people are not helped at all. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in strange tongues much more than any of you. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 But in church worship I would rather speak five words that can be understood, in order to teach others, than speak thousands of words in strange tongues. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Do not be like children in your thinking, my friends; be children so far as evil is concerned, but be grown up in your thinking. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 In the Scriptures it is written, "By means of people speaking strange languages I will speak to my people, says the Lord. I will speak through lips of foreigners, but even then my people will not listen to me." 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, the gift of speaking in strange tongues is proof for unbelievers, not for believers, while the gift of proclaiming God's message is proof for believers, not for unbelievers. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 If, then, the whole church meets together and everyone starts speaking in strange tongues - and if some ordinary people or unbelievers come in, won't they say that you are all 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 everyone is proclaiming God's message when some unbelievers or ordinary people come in, they will be convinced of their sin by what they hear. They will be judged by all they hear, 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 their secret thoughts will be brought into the open, and they will bow down and worship God, confessing, "Truly God is 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 This is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship, one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God, another a message in strange tongues, and still another the explanation of what is said. Everything must be of help to 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 someone is going to speak in strange tongues, two or three at the most should speak, one after the other, and someone else must explain what is being said. 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 no one is there who can explain, then the one who speaks in strange tongues must be quiet and speak only 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 Two or three who are given God's message should speak, while the others are to judge what they say. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 But if someone sitting in the meeting receives a message from God, the one who is speaking should stop. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 All of you may proclaim God's message, one by one, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 The gift of proclaiming God's message should be under the speaker's control, 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 because God does not want us to be in disorder but in harmony and peace. As 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 keep quiet in the meetings. They are not allowed to speak; as the Jewish Law says, they must not be in charge. 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 find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home. It is a disgraceful thing for a woman to speak in a church 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 Or could it be that the word of God came from you? Or are you the only ones to whom it came? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If anyone supposes he is God's messenger or has a spiritual gift, he must realize that what I am 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 But if he does not pay attention to this, pay no attention to him. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So then, my friends, set your heart on proclaiming God's message, but do not forbid the speaking in strange tongues. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.