1 Corinthians 14:1-19 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.