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1 Corinthians 14

NIRV 1 Follow the way of love. You should also want the gifts the Holy Spirit gives. Most of all, you should want the gift of prophecy. NIV 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. NIRV 2 Anyone who speaks in a language he had not known before doesn't speak to people. He speaks only to God. In fact, no one understands that person. What he says with his spirit remains a mystery. 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. NIRV 3 But anyone who prophesies speaks to people. He says things to make them stronger, to give them hope and to comfort them. NIV 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. NIRV 4 Those who speak in other languages build themselves up. But those who prophesy build up the church. NIV 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. NIRV 5 I would like all of you to speak in other languages. But I would rather have you prophesy. Those who prophesy are more helpful than those who speak in other languages. But that is not the case if those who speak in other languages explain what they have said. Then the whole church can be built up. 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. NIRV 6 Brothers and sisters, suppose I were to come to you and speak in other languages. What good would I be to you? None! I would need to come with new truth or knowledge, or a prophecy or a 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? NIRV 7 Here are some examples. Certain objects make sounds. Take a flute or a harp. No one will know what the tune is unless different notes are 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? NIRV 8 Also, if the trumpet call isn't clear, who will get ready for battle? NIV 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? NIRV 9 It's the same with you. You must speak words that people understand. If you don't, no one will know what you are saying. You will just be speaking 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. NIRV 10 It is true that there are all kinds of languages in the world. And they all have meaning. NIV 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. NIRV 11 But if I don't understand what someone is saying, I am a stranger to that person. And that person is a stranger 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. NIRV 12 It's the same with you. You want to have gifts of the Spirit. So try to do your best in using gifts that build up the church. 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. NIRV 13 For that reason, those who speak in languages they had not known before should pray that they can explain what they say. NIV 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. NIRV 14 If I pray in another language, my spirit prays. But my mind does not pray. NIV 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. NIRV 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. NIRV 16 Suppose you are praising God with your spirit. And suppose there are visitors among you who don't understand what's going on. How can they say "Amen" when you give thanks? They don't 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? NIRV 17 You might be giving thanks well enough. But the others are not being built up. NIV 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. NIRV 18 I thank God that I speak in other languages more than all of you do. NIV 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. NIRV 19 But in the church I would rather speak five words that people can understand than 10,000 words in another language. Then I would be teaching others. NIV 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. NIRV 20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. Be like babies as far as evil is concerned. But be grown up in your thinking. NIV 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. NIRV 21 In the Law it is written, "Through people who speak unfamiliar languages and through the lips of strangers I will speak to these people. But even then they will not listen to me." (Isaiah 28:11,12) 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. NIRV 22 So speaking in other languages is a sign for those who don't believe. It is not a sign for those who do believe. But prophecy is for believers. It is not for those who don't believe. NIV 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. NIRV 23 Suppose the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in other languages. And suppose visitors or unbelievers come in. Won't they say you are out of your minds? 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? NIRV 24 But suppose unbelievers or visitors come in while everyone is prophesying. Then they will be shown by all who speak that they are sinners. They will be judged by all. 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, NIRV 25 The secrets of their hearts will be brought out into the open. They will fall down and worship God. They will exclaim, "God is really here among 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!" NIRV 26 Brothers and sisters, what should we say then? When you come together, every one of you brings something. You bring a hymn or a teaching or a word from God. You bring a message in another language or explain what was said. All of those things must be done to make the church 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. NIRV 27 No more than two or three people should speak in another language. And they should speak one at a time. Then someone must explain what was said. NIV 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. NIRV 28 If there is no one to explain, the speakers should keep quiet in the church. They can speak 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. NIRV 29 Only two or three prophets are supposed to speak. Others should decide if what is being said is true. NIV 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. NIRV 30 What if a message from God comes to someone else who is sitting there? Then the one who is speaking should stop. NIV 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. NIRV 31 Those who prophesy can all take turns. In that way, everyone can be taught and be given hope. NIV 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. NIRV 32 Those who prophesy should control their speaking. NIV 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. NIRV 33 God is not a God of disorder. He is a God of peace. As 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, NIRV 34 women should remain silent in the meetings. They are not allowed to speak. They must follow the lead of those who are in authority, 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. NIRV 35 If they have a question about something, they should ask their own husbands at home. It is shameful for women to speak in church meetings. 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. NIRV 36 Did the word of God begin with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? NIV 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? NIRV 37 Suppose some think they are prophets or have gifts of the Holy Spirit. They should agree 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. NIRV 38 Anyone who does not recognize that will not be recognized. NIV 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. NIRV 39 Brothers and sisters, you should want to prophesy. And don't stop people from speaking in languages they had not known before. NIV 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. NIRV 40 But everything should be done in a proper and orderly way. NIV 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.