1 Corinthians 14 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially the gift of speaking what God has revealed. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 When a person speaks in another language, he doesn't speak to people but to God. No one understands him. His spirit is speaking mysteries. 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 when a person speaks what God has revealed, he speaks to people to help them grow, to encourage them, and to comfort them. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 When a person speaks in another language, he helps himself grow. But when a person speaks what God has revealed, he helps the church grow. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish that all of you could speak in other languages, but especially that you could speak what God has revealed. The person who speaks what God has revealed is more important than the person who speaks in other languages. This is true unless he can interpret what he says to help the church grow. 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 and sisters, it wouldn't do you any good if I came to you speaking in other languages, unless I explained revelation, knowledge, prophecy, or doctrine to you. 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 Musical instruments like the flute or harp produce sounds. If there is no difference in the notes, how can a person tell what tune 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 example, if the trumpet doesn't sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 In the same way, if you don't speak in a way that can be understood, how will anyone know what you're saying? You will be talking into thin 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 No matter how many different languages there are in the world, not one of them is without meaning. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 If I don't know what a language means, I will be a foreigner to the person who speaks it and that person 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 In the same way, since you're eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in them so that you help the church grow. 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 So the person who speaks in another language should pray for an interpretation of what he says. 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.
14 If I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my mind is not productive. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 So what does this mean? It means that I will pray with my spirit, and I will pray with my mind. I will sing psalms with my spirit, and I will sing psalms 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 praise God only with your spirit, how can outsiders say "Amen!" to your prayer of thanksgiving? They don't know what you're 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 Your prayer of thanksgiving may be very good, but it doesn't help other people grow. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in other languages more than any of you. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 Yet, in order to teach others in church, I would rather say five words that can be understood than ten thousand words in another language. 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 think like children. When it comes to evil, be like babies, but think like mature people. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 God's word says, "Through people who speak foreign languages and through the mouths of foreigners I will speak to these people, but even then they will not listen 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 So the gift of speaking in other languages is a sign for unbelievers, not for believers. The gift of speaking what God had revealed is a sign 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 Suppose the whole congregation gathers in the same place and you speak in other languages. When outsiders or unbelievers come in, won't they say that you're out of your mind? 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 Now suppose you speak what God has revealed. When unbelievers or outsiders come in you will show them where they are wrong and convince them that they are sinners. 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 in their hearts will become known, and in this way they will quickly bow with their faces touching the ground, worship God, and confess 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 So what does this mean, brothers and sisters? When you gather, each person has a psalm, doctrine, revelation, another language, or an interpretation. Everything must be done to help each other grow. 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 people speak in other languages, only two or three at the most should speak. They should do it one at a time, and someone must interpret what each person says. 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 an interpreter isn't present, those people should remain silent in church. They should only 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 Two or three people should speak what God has revealed. Everyone else should decide whether what each person said is right or wrong. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 If God reveals something to another person who is seated, the first speaker should be silent. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 All of you can take your turns speaking what God has revealed. In that way, everyone will learn and be encouraged. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 People who speak what God has revealed must control themselves. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 God is not a God of disorder but a God of peace. As in all the churches of God's holy people, 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 the women must keep silent. They don't have the right to speak. They must take their place as Moses' Teachings say. 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 know anything they should ask their husbands at home. It's shameful for a woman to speak in church. 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 God's word originate with you? Are you the only ones it has reached? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 Whoever thinks that he speaks for God or that he is spiritually gifted must acknowledge that what I write to you is what the Lord commands. 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 whoever ignores what I write should be ignored. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So, brothers and sisters, desire to speak what God has revealed, and don't keep anyone from speaking in other languages. 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.