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 (Traditional)

哥林多前書 14

論講道和說方言

1你們要追求愛,也要切慕屬靈的恩賜,尤其是作先知講道的恩賜。 人說方言,是對上帝說的,並非對人說的,因為沒有人聽得懂,他是在心靈裡述說各樣的奧祕。 但先知講道是對人講的,為了要造就、鼓勵、安慰人。 說方言只是造就自己,但作先知講道是造就教會。 我希望你們都能夠說方言,不過,我更希望你們都能作先知講道。說方言的不如作先知講道的重要,除非把方言翻譯出來,使教會得造就。

弟兄姊妹,如果我到你們那裡只說方言,不講解有關上帝的啟示、知識、預言、教導,我對你們有什麼益處呢? 就連沒有生命的簫和琴,如果發出的聲音雜亂無章,誰能知道所吹所彈的是什麼曲子呢? 如果號聲不清楚,誰會預備打仗呢? 同樣,除非你們講出清楚的信息,不然聽見的人怎能明白呢?那豈不等於對空氣說話嗎? 10 世上有各種語言,卻沒有一種是毫無意義的。 11 如果有人對我說話,我卻不明白他的語言,我們彼此就成了語言不通的人。 12 你們也是一樣,既然渴慕屬靈的恩賜,就應該多多追求造就教會的恩賜。

13 所以說方言的人應當祈求能把方言翻譯出來。 14 如果我用方言禱告,那是我的靈在禱告,但我的悟性沒有發揮作用。 15 那麼,我該怎麼做呢?我要用靈禱告,也要用悟性禱告;我要用靈歌唱,也要用悟性歌唱。 16 否則,如果你在聚會中用方言[a]來感恩,在座不懂方言的人不明白你在說些什麼,怎能在你感恩的時候說「阿們」呢? 17 你的感恩表達得固然美好,無奈不能造就別人。

18 感謝上帝,我說方言比你們眾人都多。 19 但在教會中我寧可用悟性說五句教導人的話,勝過說萬句別人不懂的方言。

20 弟兄姊妹,你們的思想不要像小孩子,要長大成熟,但在罪惡的事上要像嬰孩。 21 律法書上記載:

「主說,『我要藉著講陌生語言的人和外邦人的口向這些子民說話。
雖然如此,
他們仍然不聽從我。』」

22 由此可見,講方言不是顯給信徒的標記,而是顯給非信徒的標記;但先知講道是顯給信徒的標記,不是顯給非信徒的標記。 23 所以,如果你們在聚會中,全體信徒都說方言,偶然有不懂方言的人或非信徒進來,他們豈不會說你們全都瘋了嗎? 24 但如果你們都做先知講道,偶然有非信徒或是不懂方言的人進來,他會醒悟到自己的罪,良心受到譴責, 25 心中的秘密也會顯露出來,便會俯伏敬拜上帝,說:「上帝真的在你們當中!」

聚會的原則

26 那麼,弟兄姊妹,你們該怎麼做呢?你們聚會的時候,不管是唱詩、教導、講啟示、說方言或翻譯方言,都應該是為了造就人。 27 如果有人要說方言,應當只限於兩個人,最多三個,要輪流說,而且要有人把它翻譯出來。 28 如果沒有人翻譯,說方言的人就當在聚會中閉口不言,只向自己和上帝說。

29 作先知講道的也應該限於兩三個人,其他的人應當慎思明辨。 30 但如果上帝的啟示臨到在座的其他人,正在講的人要停下來, 31 這樣大家都可以輪流講道,人人都可以得到教導和勉勵。 32 先知的靈受先知控制, 33 因為上帝不是叫人混亂的上帝,而是賜人平安的上帝。

34 正如聖徒的各教會一樣,婦女[b]在聚會中要保持安靜,因為她們不可以發言,總要順服,正如律法書所說的。 35 如果她們想要學什麼,可以在家問自己的丈夫,因為婦女在聚會中發言是可恥的。 36 難道上帝的道是出自你們哥林多人嗎?難道上帝的道單單傳給了你們嗎? 37 如果你們當中有人自認為是先知或屬靈的人,他就應該知道我現在所寫的是主的命令。 38 如果有人對此視而不見,不必理會他。

39 所以,我的弟兄姊妹,你們要切慕作先知講道,也不要禁止說方言。 40 但無論做什麼事,都要按規矩,有次序。

Footnotes

  1. 14·16 本處「方言」希臘文是「靈」。
  2. 14·34 婦女」也可譯為「妻子」。