1 Corinthians 14 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)
14 1 Be pursuing[a] love.
Be Zealous For Spiritual Gifts, But Especially To Prophesy And Edify The Church
Now be zealous-for the spiritual gifts, but even-more[b] that you might be prophesying. 2 For the one speaking in a tongue is not speaking[c] to people, but to God— for no one hears[d], but he speaks mysteries[e] with his spirit[f]. 3 But the one prophesying is speaking edification and exhortation and consolation[g] to people. 4 The one speaking in a tongue is edifying himself [h], but the one prophesying is edifying the church. 5 And I wish[i] that you all were speaking in tongues, but even-more[j] that you might be prophesying. But[k] the one prophesying is greater[l] than one speaking in tongues— unless[m] he interprets in order that the church may receive edification.
Speaking In Tongues Is Just Speaking Into The Air Unless It Is Understood
6 But now[n], brothers, if I come to you speaking[o] in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either[p] by[q] a revelation or by knowledge or by a prophecy or by a teaching? 7 Likewise the lifeless things giving a sound— whether a flute or harp— if it does not give a distinction in the tones, how will the thing being fluted or the thing being harped be known? 8 For indeed, if a trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 9 So also you with the tongue— if you do not give a clear word, how will the thing being spoken be known? For you will be speaking into the air! 10 There are perhaps so-many kinds of spoken sounds[r] in the world, and none is meaningless. 11 If then I do not know the force of the spoken sound, I will be a barbarian to the one speaking, and the one speaking a barbarian with me. 12 So also[s] you— since you are zealots[t] for spiritual gifts, be seeking that you may abound for the edification of the church.
So In Church, Tongues Must Be Interpreted If The Hearers Are To Be Edified
13 Therefore let the one speaking in a tongue pray in order that he might interpret. 14 For if I am praying in a tongue, my spirit[u] is praying, but my mind[v] is unfruitful[w]. 15 What then[x] is to be done? I will pray with the spirit, and[y] I will also pray with the mind. I will sing-praise with the spirit, and I will also sing-praise with the mind. 16 Otherwise, if you are blessing[z] with your spirit[aa] [only], how will the one filling the place of the uninstructed[ab] say the “Amen” at your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you are giving-thanks well[ac]— but the other person is not being edified. 18 I give-thanks to God I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in church[ad], I want to speak five words with my mind in order that I might also instruct others, rather than ten-thousand words in a tongue.
Tongues Are a Sign For Unbelievers; Prophecy Is For Believers
20 Brothers, do not be children in your understanding. But be childlike in evilness, and be mature in your understanding. 21 It has been written in the Law [in Isa 28:11-12] that “I will speak to this people by people of other-tongues, and by the lips of others. And not even in this manner will they listen-to Me, says the Lord”. 22 So then the tongues are for a sign[ae]— not for the ones believing, but for the unbelievers. But the prophecy is not for the unbelievers, but for the ones believing.
So In Church, Tongues Not Understood Breed Confusion. Prophecy Edifies
23 Therefore, if the whole church comes-together at the same place, and they all speak in tongues[af], and uninstructed ones or unbelievers come-in, will they not say that you are mad[ag]? 24 But if they all prophesy[ah], and some unbeliever or an uninstructed one comes in, he is convicted[ai] by all. He is examined by all. 25 The hidden things of his heart become evident[aj]. And thus, having fallen on his face, he will give-worship to God, declaring that God is really among you.
Brothers, Organize Your Church Service For Edification
26 What then[ak] is to be done, brothers? Whenever you come-together, each[al] one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let it be done by two or at the most three, and in turn, and let one[am] person interpret. 28 But if [an] there is no interpreter, let him be silent in church. And let him speak to himself [ao] and to God. 29 And let two or three prophets speak, and let the others[ap] discern[aq]. 30 But if a prophecy is revealed to another being seated, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy individually[ar], in order that all may learn, and all may be exhorted[as]. 32 And the spirits[at] of prophets are subject[au] to prophets. 33 For God is not the God of disorder[av], but of peace.
This Also Includes Women Being Quiet During The Church Service
As[aw] in all the churches[ax] of the saints, 34 let the women be silent[ay] in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak[az]. But let them be subject, just as the Law also says[ba]. 35 And if they want to learn anything, let them question their own husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
These Instructions Are The Lord’s Commandments
36 Or did the word of God go-forth from you? Or did it reach to you only? 37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or a spiritual person, let him acknowledge the things which I am writing to you— that they are a commandment of the Lord. 38 But if anyone does not-know this, he is not-known[bb].
39 So then, my brothers, be zealous-for the prophesying. And do not be forbidding[bc] the speaking in tongues. 40 But let all things be done properly, and in accordance with order.
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