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1 Corinthians 14 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Follow the way of love. You should also want the gifts the Holy Spirit gives. Most of all, you should want the gift of prophecy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 Anyone who speaks in a language he had not known before doesn't speak to people. He speaks only to God. In fact, no one understands that person. What he says with his spirit remains a mystery. 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 anyone who prophesies speaks to people. He says things to make them stronger, to give them hope and to comfort them. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 Those who speak in other languages build themselves up. But 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 would like all of you to speak in other languages. But I would rather have you prophesy. Those who prophesy are more helpful than those who speak in other languages. But that is not the case if those who speak in other languages explain what they have said. Then the whole church can 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 Brothers and sisters, suppose I were to come to you and speak in other languages. What good would I be to you? None! I would need to come with new truth or knowledge, or 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 Here are some examples. Certain objects make sounds. Take a flute or a harp. No one will know what the tune is unless different notes are 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 Also, if the trumpet call isn't clear, 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. You must speak words that people understand. If you don't, no one will know what you are saying. You will just be speaking into 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 It is true that there are all kinds of languages in the world. And they all have meaning. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 But if I don't understand what someone is saying, I am a stranger to that person. And that person is a stranger 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 It's the same with you. You want to have gifts of the Spirit. So try to do your best in using gifts that 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 For that reason, those who speak in languages they had not known before should pray that they can explain what they say. 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 does not pray. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 So what should 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. 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 Suppose you are praising God with your spirit. And suppose there are visitors among you who don't understand what's going on. How can they say "Amen" when you give thanks? 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 might be giving thanks well enough. But the others are 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 other languages more than all of you do. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 But in the church I would rather speak five words that people can understand than 10,000 words in another language. Then I would be teaching 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, stop thinking like children. Be like babies as 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 Law it is written, "Through people who speak unfamiliar languages and through the lips of strangers I will speak to these people. But even then they will not listen to me." #1(Isaiah 28:11,12)#2 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 speaking in other languages is a sign for those who don't believe. It is not a sign for those who do believe. But prophecy is for believers. It is 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 Suppose the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in other languages. And suppose visitors or unbelievers come in. Won't they say 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 suppose unbelievers or visitors come in while everyone is prophesying. Then they will be shown by all who speak that they are sinners. They will be 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 their hearts will be brought out into the open. They will fall down and worship God. They will exclaim, "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 Brothers and sisters, what should we say then? When you come together, every one of you brings something. You bring a hymn or a teaching or a word from God. You bring a message in another language or explain what was said. All of those things must be done to make the church strong. 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 No more than two or three people should speak in another language. And they should speak one at a time. Then someone must explain what was 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 If there is no one to explain, the speakers should keep quiet in the church. 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 Only two or three prophets are supposed to speak. Others should decide if what is being said is true. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 What if a message from God comes to someone else who is sitting there? Then 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 Those who prophesy can all take turns. In that way, everyone can be taught and be given hope. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 Those who prophesy should control their speaking. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 God is not a God of disorder. He is a God of 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 women should remain silent in the meetings. They are not allowed to speak. They must follow the lead of those who are in authority, 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 have a question about something, they should ask their own husbands at home. It is shameful for women to speak in church meetings. 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 begin 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 Suppose some think they are prophets or have gifts of the Holy Spirit. They should agree 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 Anyone who does not recognize that will not be recognized. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 Brothers and sisters, you should want to prophesy. And don't stop people from speaking in languages they had not known before. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 But everything should be done in a proper and orderly way. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.