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1 Corinthians 14

NCV 1 You should seek after love, and you should truly want to have the spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. NIV 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. NCV 2 I will explain why. Those who have the gift of speaking in different languagesn are not speaking to people; they are speaking to God. No one understands them; they are speaking secret things through the Spirit. NIV 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. NCV 3 But those who prophesy are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort. NIV 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. NCV 4 The ones who speak in different languages are helping only themselves, but those who prophesy are helping the whole church. NIV 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. NCV 5 I wish all of you had the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages, but more, I wish you would prophesy. Those who prophesy are greater than those who can only speak in different languages -- unless someone is there who can explain what is said so that the whole church can be helped. NIV 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. NCV 6 Brothers and sisters, will it help you if I come to you speaking in different languages? No! It will help you only if I bring you a new truth or some new knowledge, or prophecy, or teaching. NIV 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? NCV 7 It is the same as with lifeless things that make sounds -- like a flute or a harp. If they do not make clear musical notes, you will not know what is being played. NIV 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? NCV 8 And in a war, if the trumpet does not give a clear sound, who will prepare for battle? NIV 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? NCV 9 It is the same with you. Unless you speak clearly with your tongue, no one can understand what you are saying. You will be talking into the air! NIV 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. NCV 10 It may be true that there are all kinds of sounds in the world, and none is without meaning. NIV 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. NCV 11 But unless I understand the meaning of what someone says to me, I will be a foreigner to him, and he will be a foreigner to me. NIV 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. NCV 12 It is the same with you. Since you want spiritual gifts very much, seek most of all to have the gifts that help the church grow stronger. NIV 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. NCV 13 The one who has the gift of speaking in a different language should pray for the gift to interpret what is spoken. NIV 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. NCV 14 If I pray in a different language, my spirit is praying, but my mind does nothing. NIV 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. NCV 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. NIV 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. NCV 16 If you praise God with your spirit, those persons there without understanding cannot say amenn to your prayer of thanks, because they do not know what you are saying. NIV 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? NCV 17 You may be thanking God in a good way, but the other person is not helped. NIV 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. NCV 18 I thank God that I speak in different kinds of languages more than all of you. NIV 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. NCV 19 But in the church meetings I would rather speak five words I understand in order to teach others than thousands of words in a different language. NIV 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. NCV 20 Brothers and sisters, do not think like children. In evil things be like babies, but in your thinking you should be like adults. NIV 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. NCV 21 It is written in the Scriptures: "With people who use strange words and foreign languages I will speak to these people. But even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord. NIV 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. NCV 22 So the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages is a proof for those who do not believe, not for those who do believe. And prophecy is for people who believe, not for those who do not believe. NIV 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. NCV 23 Suppose the whole church meets together and everyone speaks in different languages. If some people come in who do not understand or do not believe, they will say you are crazy. NIV 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? NCV 24 But suppose everyone is prophesying and some people come in who do not believe or do not understand. If everyone is prophesying, their sin will be shown to them, and they will be judged by all that they hear. NIV 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, NCV 25 The secret things in their hearts will be made known. So they will bow down and worship God saying, "Truly, God is with you." NIV 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!" NCV 26 So, brothers and sisters, what should you do? When you meet together, one person has a song, and another has a teaching. Another has a new truth from God. Another speaks in a different language, and another person interprets that language. The purpose of all these things should be to help the church grow strong. NIV 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. NCV 27 When you meet together, if anyone speaks in a different language, it should be only two, or not more than three, who speak. They should speak one after the other, and someone else should interpret. NIV 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. NCV 28 But if there is no interpreter, then those who speak in a different language should be quiet in the church meeting. They should speak only to themselves and to God. NIV 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. NCV 29 Only two or three prophets should speak, and the others should judge what they say. NIV 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. NCV 30 If a message from God comes to another person who is sitting, the first speaker should stop. NIV 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. NCV 31 You can all prophesy one after the other. In this way all the people can be taught and encouraged. NIV 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. NCV 32 The spirits of prophets are under the control of the prophets themselves. NIV 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. NCV 33 God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace. As is true in all the churches of God's people, NIV 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, NCV 34 women should keep quiet in the church meetings. They are not allowed to speak, but they must yield to this rule as the law says. NIV 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. NCV 35 If they want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home. It is shameful for a woman to speak in the church meeting. NIV 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. NCV 36 Did God's teaching come from you? Or are you the only ones to whom it has come? NIV 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? NCV 37 Those who think they are prophets or spiritual persons should understand that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command. NIV 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. NCV 38 Those who ignore this will be ignored by God. NIV 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. NCV 39 So my brothers and sisters, you should truly want to prophesy. But do not stop people from using the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages. NIV 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. NCV 40 But let everything be done in a right and orderly way. NIV 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.