New International Version - UK

1 Corinthians 14

Intelligibility in worship

1Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[b] but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[c] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

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? 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? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 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. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 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. 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.

13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 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. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an enquirer,[d] say ‘Amen’ to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.

18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 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.’[e]

22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and enquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if an unbeliever or an enquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’

Good order in worship

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. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two – or at the most three – should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace – as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

34 Women[f] should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to enquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.[g]

36 Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 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. 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.[h]

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 14:2 Or in another language; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
  4. 1 Corinthians 14:16 The Greek word for enquirer is a technical term for someone not fully initiated into a religion; also in verses 23 and 24.
  5. 1 Corinthians 14:21 Isaiah 28:11,12
  6. 1 Corinthians 14:34 Or peace. As in all the congregations of the Lord’s people, 34 women
  7. 1 Corinthians 14:35 In a few manuscripts these verses come after verse 40.
  8. 1 Corinthians 14:38 Some manuscripts But anyone who is ignorant of this will be ignorant

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多前书 14

论讲道和说方言

1你们要追求爱,也要切慕属灵的恩赐,尤其是做先知讲道的恩赐。 人说方言,是对上帝说的,并非对人说的,因为没有人听得懂,他是在心灵里述说各样的奥秘。 但先知讲道是对人讲的,为了要造就、鼓励、安慰人。 说方言只是造就自己,但做先知讲道是造就教会。 我希望你们都能够说方言,不过,我更希望你们都能做先知讲道。说方言的不如做先知讲道的重要,除非把方言翻译出来,使教会得造就。

弟兄姊妹,如果我到你们那里只说方言,不讲解有关上帝的启示、知识、预言、教导,我对你们有什么益处呢? 就连没有生命的箫和琴,如果发出的声音杂乱无章,谁能知道所吹所弹的是什么曲子呢? 如果号声不清楚,谁会预备打仗呢? 同样,除非你们讲出清楚的信息,不然听见的人怎能明白呢?那岂不等于对空气说话吗? 10 世上有各种语言,却没有一种是毫无意义的。 11 如果有人对我说话,我却不明白他的语言,我们彼此就成了语言不通的人。 12 你们也是一样,既然渴慕属灵的恩赐,就应该多多追求造就教会的恩赐。

13 所以说方言的人应当祈求能把方言翻译出来。 14 如果我用方言祷告,那是我的灵在祷告,但我的悟性没有发挥作用。 15 那么,我该怎么做呢?我要用灵祷告,也要用悟性祷告;我要用灵歌唱,也要用悟性歌唱。 16 否则,如果你在聚会中用方言[a]来感恩,在座不懂方言的人不明白你在说些什么,怎能在你感恩的时候说“阿们”呢? 17 你的感恩表达得固然美好,无奈不能造就别人。

18 感谢上帝,我说方言比你们众人都多。 19 但在教会中我宁可用悟性说五句教导人的话,胜过说万句别人不懂的方言。

20 弟兄姊妹,你们的思想不要像小孩子,要长大成熟,但在罪恶的事上要像婴孩。 21 律法书上记载:

“主说,‘我要借着讲陌生语言的人和外邦人的口向这些子民说话。
虽然如此,
他们仍然不听从我。’”

22 由此可见,讲方言不是显给信徒的标记,而是显给非信徒的标记;但先知讲道是显给信徒的标记,不是显给非信徒的标记。 23 所以,如果你们在聚会中,全体信徒都说方言,偶然有不懂方言的人或非信徒进来,他们岂不会说你们全都疯了吗? 24 但如果你们都做先知讲道,偶然有非信徒或是不懂方言的人进来,他会醒悟到自己的罪,良心受到谴责, 25 心中的秘密也会显露出来,便会俯伏敬拜上帝,说:“上帝真的在你们当中!”

聚会的原则

26 那么,弟兄姊妹,你们该怎么做呢?你们聚会的时候,不管是唱诗、教导、讲启示、说方言或翻译方言,都应该是为了造就人。 27 如果有人要说方言,应当只限于两个人,最多三个,要轮流说,而且要有人把它翻译出来。 28 如果没有人翻译,说方言的人就当在聚会中闭口不言,只向自己和上帝说。

29 做先知讲道的也应该限于两三个人,其他的人应当慎思明辨。 30 但如果上帝的启示临到在座的其他人,正在讲的人要停下来, 31 这样大家都可以轮流讲道,人人都可以得到教导和勉励。 32 先知的灵受先知控制, 33 因为上帝不是叫人混乱的上帝,而是赐人平安的上帝。

34 正如圣徒的各教会一样,妇女[b]在聚会中要保持安静,因为她们不可以发言,总要顺服,正如律法书所说的。 35 如果她们想要学什么,可以在家问自己的丈夫,因为妇女在聚会中发言是可耻的。 36 难道上帝的道是出自你们哥林多人吗?难道上帝的道单单传给了你们吗? 37 如果你们当中有人自认为是先知或属灵的人,他就应该知道我现在所写的是主的命令。 38 如果有人对此视而不见,不必理会他。

39 所以,我的弟兄姊妹,你们要切慕做先知讲道,也不要禁止说方言。 40 但无论做什么事,都要按规矩,有次序。

Footnotes

  1. 14:16 本处“方言”希腊文是“灵”。
  2. 14:34 妇女”也可译为“妻子”。