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1 Corinthians 14

NLT 1 Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. NIV 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. NLT 2 For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people 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 people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. NLT 3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. NIV 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. NLT 4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. NIV 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. NLT 5 I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened. NIV 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. NLT 6 Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful. NIV 6 Now, brothers and sisters, 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 lifeless instruments like the flute or the harp must play the notes clearly, or no one will recognize the melody. NIV 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe 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 It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space. 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 many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. NIV 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. NLT 11 But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it 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 the speaker is a foreigner to me. NLT 12 And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church. NIV 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. NLT 13 So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said. NIV 13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 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 pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also 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 understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 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 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? NLT 17 You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you. NIV 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified. NLT 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any 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 rather speak five understandable words to 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 in understanding matters of this kind. NIV 20 Brothers and sisters, 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 strange 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: “With other 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 not for unbelievers but for believers. NLT 23 Even so, if unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your church meeting and hear everyone speaking 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 inquirers or 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 judged by what you say. NIV 24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, NLT 25 As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.” NIV 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” NLT 26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you. NIV 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. NLT 27 No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say. 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 to God. NLT 29 Let two or three people 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 take turns. 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 meetings of God’s holy people. NIV 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 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, they should 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 Or do you think God’s word originated with you Corinthians? Are you the only ones to whom it was given? NIV 36 Or 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 spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself. NIV 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. NLT 38 But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized. NIV 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored. NLT 39 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. NIV 39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, 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.

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