1 Corinthians 14 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Let love be your highest goal, but also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives, especially the gift of prophecy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 For if your gift is the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking to God but not to people, since they won't be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. 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 one who prophesies is helping others grow in the Lord, encouraging and comforting them. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally in the Lord, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I wish you all had the gift of speaking in tongues, but even more I wish you were all able to prophesy. For prophecy is a greater and more useful gift than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church can get some good out of it. 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 Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you talking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you some revelation or some special knowledge or some prophecy or some teaching -- that is what will help 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 Even musical instruments like the flute or the harp, though they are lifeless, are examples of the need for speaking in plain language. For no one will recognize the melody unless the notes are played clearly. 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 bugler doesn't sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 And it's the same for you. If you talk to people in a language they don't understand, how will they know what you mean? You might as well be talking to an empty room. 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 so many different languages in the world, and all are excellent for those who understand them, 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 but to me they mean nothing. I will not understand people who speak those languages, and they will not understand 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 Since you are so eager to have spiritual gifts, ask God for those that will be of real help to the whole 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 So anyone who has the gift of speaking in tongues should pray also for the gift of interpretation in order to tell people plainly what has been 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 tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don't understand what I am saying. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 Well then, what shall I do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will sing in words I understand. 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 For if you praise God only in the spirit, how can those who don't understand you praise God along with you? How can they join you in giving thanks when they don't understand 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 will be giving thanks very nicely, no doubt, but it doesn't help the other people present. 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 church meeting I would much rather speak five understandable words that will help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Dear brothers and sisters, don't be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature and wise in understanding matters of this kind. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 It is written in the Scriptures, "I will speak to my own people through unknown languages and through the lips of foreigners. 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 you see that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 Even so, if unbelievers or people who don't understand these things come into your meeting and hear everyone talking in an unknown language, they will think you are 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 all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don't understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin, and they will be condemned by what you say. 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 As they listen, their secret thoughts will be laid bare, and they will fall down on their knees and worship God, declaring, "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 Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize what I am saying. When you meet, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in an unknown language, while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord. 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 should speak in an unknown language. They must speak one at a time, and someone must be ready to interpret what they are saying. 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 present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately. 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 prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, 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 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can wait their turn. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the other churches. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, 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 have any questions to ask, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is improper 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 Do you think that the knowledge of God's word begins and ends with you Corinthians? Well, you are mistaken! 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If you claim to be a prophet or think you are very spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself. 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 you do not recognize this, you will not be recognized. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 So, dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.