1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14

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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.

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.

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.

29 Let two or three prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said.

30 But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop.

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.

32 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can wait their turn.

33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the other churches.*1

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.

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.*2

36 Do you think that the knowledge of God's word begins and ends with you Corinthians? Well, you are mistaken!

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.

38 But if you do not recognize this, you will not be recognized.*3

39 So, dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues.

40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.

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1: The phrase as in all the other churches could be joined to the beginning of 14:34.

2: Some manuscripts place verses 34-35 after 14:40.

3: Some manuscripts read If you are ignorant of this, stay in your ignorance.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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