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The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
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First Corinthians (1-8)
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1Be pursuing love, yet be seeking earnestly the spiritual
[gifts], but rather that you* shall be prophesying. 2For the one
speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one
understands [him], but in [his] spirit [or, by [the] Spirit] he speaks secrets
[or, mysteries]. 3But the one prophesying to people speaks
edification and exhortation [or, encouragement] and comfort. 4The one
speaking in a tongue edifies himself, but the one prophesying edifies [the]
assembly. 5Now I want you* all to be speaking with tongues, but more
that you* shall be prophesying. For the one prophesying [is] greater than the
one speaking with tongues, unless he interprets [or, translates], so that the
assembly receives edification.
now, brothers [and sisters], if I come to you* speaking with tongues, what will
I benefit you*, unless I speak to you* either with a revelation or with
knowledge or with prophesy or with teaching? 7Likewise, the lifeless
[instruments] give a sound, whether flute or harp. If it is not giving a difference
in the sounds, how will the [music] played on a flute or the [music] played on a
harp be known [or, be distinguished]? 8For if a trumpet also gives an
indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 9In the same
way, you* also, if you* do not give intelligible speech by means of the tongue,
how will the [thing] spoken be known? For you* will be speaking into air.
10[There] are, it may be [fig., perhaps], so many kinds of
sounds in the world, and none of them without meaning. 11So if I do
not know the power [fig., meaning] of the sound, I will be to the one speaking
[as] a foreigner, and the one speaking [will be] to me [as] a foreigner. 12In
the same way, you* also, since you* are zealous of spiritual [gifts], for
the building up [or, edification] of the assembly, be seeking so that you* shall
this very reason, the one speaking in a tongue, let him be praying that he shall
be interpreting [or, translating]. 14For if I am praying in a tongue,
my spirit prays, but my mind [or, understanding] is unfruitful. 15What
then is it? I will pray with the spirit, but I will also pray with the mind [or,
understanding]; I will sing praises with the spirit, but I will also sing
praises with the mind [or, understanding]. 16Otherwise, if you bless
with the spirit, how will the one occupying the place of the unlearned say the
“So be it!” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know [or,
understand] what you are saying? 17For you indeed are rightly
giving thanks, but the other is not built up [or, edified].
18I give thanks to my God [that] I speak in tongues more than
all of you*. 19But in an assembly I desire to speak five words
by means of my understanding, so that I shall also instruct others, rather than
countless [or, ten thousand] words in a tongue.
[and sisters], stop being young children in your* understanding, but
continue being as a child in evil, but continue becoming perfect [or, mature]
in your* understanding. 21In the Law it has been written, “By
ones speaking different tongues and by different lips [fig., speech] I
will speak to this people, and not even in this manner will they hear Me,” says
[the] Lord. [Isaiah 28:11,12; Deut 28:49] 22So then tongues
are for a sign, not to the ones believing, but to the unbelieving ones;
but prophesy [is] not for the unbelieving ones, but for the ones
23Therefore, if the whole assembly comes together to the same
[place] and all are speaking in tongues, and unlearned [persons] or unbelievers
come in, they will say that you* are raving mad, will they not? 24But
if all are prophesying, and someone comes in, an unbeliever or an unlearned
[person], he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all. 25And
in this way, the secrets of his heart become revealed, and in this way, having
fallen on [his] face, he will prostrate himself in worship before God, declaring
[or, acknowledging] that God truly is among you*.
then is it, brothers [and sisters]? Whenever you* shall be coming together, each
[one] of you* has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has
an interpretation [or, a translation]. Be letting all [things] be for building
up [or, edification]. 27If anyone speaks in a tongue, [let it be] by
two or [at] the most by three, and [each] in turn, and let one be interpreting
[or, translating]. 28But if [there] is not an interpreter [or,
translator], let him keep silent in an assembly, but let him speak to himself
and to God.
29Now let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass
judgment. 30But if [something] is revealed to another sitting
[there], let the first keep silent. 31For you* are able, one by one,
all to be prophesying, so that all shall be learning, and all shall be
continually encouraged. 32And [the] spirits of
prophets are subject to prophets. 33For God is not of disorder but
of peace, as in all the assemblies of the holy ones. [or, The final phrase could
instead be the first phrase of the next paragraph.]
your* women be keeping silent in the assemblies, for it has not been permitted
to them to be speaking, but to be subjecting themselves, just as also the
Law says. 35But if they desire to learn anything, let them be
questioning their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful [or, shameful]
[for] women to be speaking in an assembly.
[cp. 1Tim 2:11-15]
[cp. 1Tim 2:11-15]
did the word of God go out from you*? Or did it come to you* alone? 37If
anyone thinks [that he] is a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge what I
write to you*, that they are commandments of [the] Lord. 38But if
anyone fails to understand, let him be failing to understand. 39Accordingly
brothers [and sisters], be earnestly desiring to be prophesying; and stop
forbidding [or, preventing] to be speaking in tongues. 40Be letting
all [things] be done properly and according to order.
Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of
the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright © 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.dtl.org).
Previously copyrighted © 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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