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1 Corinthians 14 WEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2 For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the spirit he speaks 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 he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but rather that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may 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 But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with other languages, what would I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of 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 things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they didn't give a distinction in the sounds, how would it be known what is piped or harped? 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 if the trumpet gave an uncertain voice, who would prepare himself for war? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would 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 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and 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 If then I don't know the meaning of the voice, I would be to him who speaks a foreigner, and he who speaks 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 So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the assembly. 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 let him who speaks in another language pray that he may 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 another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 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 Else if you bless with the spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say the "Amen" at your giving of thanks, seeing he doesn't know what you say? 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 you most assuredly give thanks well, but the other person is not built up. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, 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, don't be children in mind, yet in malice be babies, but in mind be men. 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, "By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. Not even thus will they hear 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 Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won't they say that 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 prophesy, and someone unbelieving or unlearned comes in, he is reproved by all, and he is 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 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed. So he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed. 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 it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up. 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 any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one 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 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silence in the assembly, and let him speak 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 Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 But if a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first keep silence. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. As in all the assemblies of the saints, 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 let your women keep silence in the assemblies, for it is not permitted for them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as the law also 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 desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for a woman to chatter in the assembly. 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 What? Was it from you that the word of God went forth? Or did it come to you alone? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him recognize the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment 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 anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking with other languages. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.