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1 Corinthians 14

NLT 1 Let love be your highest goal, but also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives, especially the gift of prophecy. NIV 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. NLT 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. 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. NLT 3 But one who prophesies is helping others grow in the Lord, encouraging and comforting them. NIV 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. NLT 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. NIV 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. NLT 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. 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. NLT 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. 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? NLT 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. 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? NLT 8 And if the bugler doesn't sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle? NIV 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? NLT 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. 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. NLT 10 There are so many different languages in the world, and all are excellent for those who understand them, NIV 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. NLT 11 but to me they mean nothing. I will not understand people who speak those languages, and they will not understand 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. NLT 12 Since you are so eager to have spiritual gifts, ask God for those that will be of real help to the whole 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. NLT 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. NIV 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. NLT 14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don't understand what I am saying. NIV 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. NLT 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. 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. NLT 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? 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? NLT 17 You will be giving thanks very nicely, no doubt, but it doesn't help the other people present. NIV 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. NLT 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. NIV 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. NLT 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. NIV 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. NLT 20 Dear brothers and sisters, don't be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature and wise in understanding matters of this kind. NIV 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. NLT 21 It is written in the Scriptures, "I will speak to my own people through unknown languages and through the lips of foreigners. 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. NLT 22 So you see that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers. NIV 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. NLT 23 Even so, if unbelievers or people who don't understand these things come into your meeting and hear everyone talking in an unknown language, they will think 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? NLT 24 But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don't understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin, and they will be condemned by what you say. 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, NLT 25 As they listen, their secret thoughts will be laid bare, and they will fall down on their knees and worship God, declaring, "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!" NLT 26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize what I am saying. When you meet, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in an unknown language, while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord. 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. NLT 27 No more than two or three should speak in an unknown language. They must speak one at a time, and someone must be ready to interpret what they are saying. NIV 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. NLT 28 But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately. NIV 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. NLT 29 Let two or three prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. NIV 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. NLT 30 But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. NIV 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. NLT 31 In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. NIV 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. NLT 32 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can wait their turn. NIV 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. NLT 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the other churches. NIV 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, NLT 34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just 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. NLT 35 If they have any questions to ask, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is improper 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. NLT 36 Do you think that the knowledge of God's word begins and ends with you Corinthians? Well, you are mistaken! NIV 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? NLT 37 If you claim to be a prophet or think you are very spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself. 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. NLT 38 But if you do not recognize this, you will not be recognized. NIV 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. NLT 39 So, dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues. NIV 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. NLT 40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. NIV 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.