1 Corinthians 14 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Be eager in your pursuit of this Love, and be earnestly ambitious for spiritual gifts, but let it be chiefly so in order 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 an unknown tongue is not speaking to men, but to God; for no one understands him. Yet in the Spirit he is speaking secret truths. 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 words of edification, encouragement and comfort. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
4 He who speaks in an unknown tongue does good to himself, but he who prophesies does good to the Church. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I should be right glad were you all to speak in `tongues,' but yet more glad were you all to prophesy. And, in fact, the man who prophesies is superior to him who speaks in `tongues,' except when the latter can interpret in order that the Church may get a blessing. 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, brethren, as things are, if I come to you speaking in `tongues,' what benefit shall I confer on you, if the utterance is neither in the form of a revelation nor of additional knowledge nor of prophecy nor 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 inanimate things--flutes or harps, for instance--when yielding a sound, if they make no distinction in the notes, how shall the tune which is played on the flute or the harp be known? 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 If the bugle--to take another example--gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
9 And so with you; if with the living voice you fail to utter intelligible words, how will people know what you are saying? You will be talking to the winds. 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, we will suppose, a great number of languages in the world, and no creature is without a language. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 If, however, I do not know the meaning of the particular language, I shall seem to the speaker of it, and he to me, to be merely talking some foreign tongue. 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 Therefore, seeing that you are ambitious for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in them so as to benefit 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 Therefore let a man who has the gift of tongues pray for the power of interpreting them. 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 an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is barren. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 How then does the matter stand? I will pray in spirit, and I will pray with my understanding also. I will praise God in spirit, and I will praise Him with my 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 Otherwise, if you bless God in spirit only, how shall he who is in the position of an ungifted man say the `Amen' to your giving of thanks, when he does not know what your words mean? 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 Rightly enough you are giving thanks, and yet your neighbor is not benefited. 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
18 I speak in a tongue, thank God, more than all of you; 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 with my understanding--so as to instruct others also--than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brethren, do not prove yourselves to be children in your minds. As regards evil, indeed, be utter babes, but as regards your minds prove yourselves to be men of ripe years. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 In the Law it stands written, "`By men of unknown tongues and by the lips of an unknown nation will I speak to this 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 This shows that the gift of tongues is intended as a sign not to those who believe but to unbelievers, but prophecy is intended not for unbelievers but for those who believe. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
23 Accordingly if the whole Church has assembled and all are speaking in `tongues,' and there come in ungifted men, or unbelievers, will they not say that you are all mad? 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 If, on the other hand, every one is prophesying and an unbeliever or an ungifted man comes in, he is convicted by all and closely examined 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 the hidden evils of his heart are brought to light. And, as the result, he will fall on his face and worship God, and will report to others that of a truth God is 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 What then, brethren? Whenever you assemble, there is not one of you who is not ready either with a song of praise, a sermon, a revelation, a `tongue,' or an interpretation. Let everything be done with a view to the building up of faith and character. 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 there is speaking in an unknown tongue, only two or at the most three should speak, and they should do so one at a time, and one should 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 or if there is no interpreter, let the man with the gift be silent in the Church, speaking 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 But if there are Prophets, let two or three speak and let the rest judge. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
30 And if anything is revealed to some one else who is seated there, let the first be silent. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged: 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
32 and the spirits of Prophets yield submission to Prophets. 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 He is in all the Churches of His people. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,
34 Let married women be silent in the Churches, for they are not permitted to speak. They must be content with a subordinate place, 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 and if they wish to ask questions, they should ask their own husbands at home. For it is disgraceful for a married woman to speak at a Church 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 Was it from you that God's Message first went forth, or is it to you only that it has come? 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37 If any one deems himself to be a Prophet or a man with spiritual gifts, let him recognize as the Lord's command all that I am now writing to you. 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 any one is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
39 The conclusion, my brethren, is this. Be earnestly ambitious to prophesy, and do not check speaking with tongues; 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 only let everything be done in a becoming and orderly manner. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.