1 Corinthians 14:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 14:30, NIV: And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.

1 Corinthians 14:30, ESV: If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.

1 Corinthians 14:30, KJV: If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

1 Corinthians 14:30, NASB: But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, then the first one is to keep silent.

1 Corinthians 14:30, NLT: But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop.

1 Corinthians 14:30, CSB: But if something has been revealed to another person sitting there, the first prophet should be silent.

What does 1 Corinthians 14:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is providing direction to the Corinthians about how to conduct their worship services. He has insisted on two things: The services must be orderly, and only those things which build up others should be included.

A third principle is one of self-control over spiritual gifts. Of all of those with the gift of speaking in tongues, only two or three should do so, and only one at a time, and only if someone with the spiritual gift of interpretation is able to explain what has been said. Otherwise, those with the gift of tongues must remain silent.

Only two or three of those with the gift of prophecy should speak, as well, also in turn. In addition, some in the group should examine that their revelations are truly from God and not from another "spirit" (1 John 4:1). This may have required those with the gift of discerning between spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10) to exercise their gift. It could also involve use of God's written word (Acts 17:11) to ensure that these are legitimate statements.

Now Paul adds that the prophet who is speaking should stop and sit down if another person receives a revelation from God while the first person is talking. Again, Paul shows that spiritual gifts do not overcome those who receive them. These gifts of the Holy Spirit always remain under the full, conscious control of those who use them to serve others in the church.