Unknown Languages and Prophesying
1 Corinthians 14 Love
should be your guide. Be eager to have the gifts that
come from the Holy Spirit, especially the gift of
prophecy. 2If you speak languages that others
don't know, God will understand what you are saying,
though no one else will know what you mean. You will be
talking about mysteries that only the Spirit understands.
3But when you prophesy, you will be
understood, and others will be helped. They will be
encouraged and made to feel better.
speaking languages that others don't know, you help only
yourself. But by prophesying you help everyone in the
church. 5I am glad for you to speak unknown
languages, although I had rather for you to prophesy. In
fact, prophesying does much more good than speaking
unknown languages, unless someone can help the church by
explaining what you mean.
friends, what good would it do, if I came and spoke
unknown languages to you and didn't explain what I meant?
How would I help you, unless I told you what God had
shown me or gave you some knowledge or prophecy or
teaching? 7If all musical instruments sounded
alike, how would you know the difference between a flute
and a harp? 8If a bugle call isn't clear, how
would you know to get ready for battle?
how it is when you speak unknown languages. If no one can
understand what you are talking about, you will only be
talking to the wind. 10There are many
different languages in this world, and all of them make
sense. 11But if I don't understand the
language that someone is using, we will be like
foreigners to each other. 12If you really want
spiritual gifts, choose the ones that will be most
helpful to the church.
we speak languages that others don't know, we should pray
for the power to explain what we mean. 14For
example, if I use an unknown language in my prayers, my
spirit prays but my mind is useless. 15Then
what should I do? There are times when I should pray with
my spirit, and times when I should pray with my mind.
Sometimes I should sing with my spirit, and at other
times I should sing with my mind.
some strangers are in your worship service, when you are
praising God with your spirit. If they don't understand
you, how will they know to say, "Amen"? 17You
may be worshiping God in a wonderful way, but no one else
will be helped. 18I thank God that I speak
unknown languages more than any of you. 19But
words that make sense can help the church. That's why in
church I had rather speak five words that make sense than
to speak ten thousand words in a language that others
friends, stop thinking like children. Think like mature
people and be as innocent as tiny babies. 21In
the Scriptures the Lord says,
"I will use strangers who speak unknown languages
to talk to my people.
They will speak to them in foreign languages,
but still my people won't listen to me."
that others don't know may mean something to unbelievers,
but not to the Lord's followers. Prophecy, on the other
hand, is for followers, not for unbelievers. 23Suppose
everyone in your worship service started speaking unknown
languages, and some outsiders or some unbelievers come
in. Won't they think you are crazy? 24But
suppose all of you are prophesying when those unbelievers
and outsiders come in. They will realize that they are
sinners, and they will want to change their ways because
of what you are saying. 25They will tell what
is hidden in their hearts. Then they will kneel down and
say to God, "We are certain that you are with these
The Woman from Shunem Is Given
Back Her Land
2 Kings 8 Elisha
told the woman whose son he had brought back to life,
"The LORD has warned that
there will be no food here for seven years. Take your
family and go live somewhere else for a while." 2The
woman did exactly what Elisha had said and went to live
in Philistine territory.
and her family lived there seven years. 3Then
she returned to Israel and immediately begged the king to
give back her house and property.
the king was asking Gehazi the servant of Elisha about
the amazing things Elisha had been doing. 5While
Gehazi was telling him that Elisha had brought a dead boy
back to life, the woman and her son arrived.
the boy, Your Majesty," Gehazi said. "And this
is his mother."
king asked the woman to tell her story, and she told him
everything that had happened. He then said to one of his
officials, "I want you to make sure that this woman
gets back everything that belonged to her, including the
money her crops have made since the day she left
Hazael Kills Benhadad
time later Elisha went to the capital city of Damascus to
visit King Benhadad of Syria, who was sick. And when
Benhadad was told he was there, 8he said to
Hazael, "Go meet with Elisha the man of God and have
him ask the LORD if I will get
well. And take along a gift for him."
left with forty camel loads of the best things made in
Damascus as a gift for Elisha. He found the prophet and
said, "Your servant, King Benhadad, wants to know if
he will get well."
him he will," Elisha said to Hazael. "But the LORD has already told me that Benhadad
will definitely die." 11Elisha stared at
him until Hazael was embarrassed, then Elisha began
why are you crying?" Hazael asked.
answered, "Because I know the terrible things you
will do to the people of Israel. You will burn down their
walled cities and slaughter their young men. You will
even crush the heads of their babies and rip open their
could I ever do anything like that?" Hazael replied.
"I'm only a servant and don't have that kind of
the LORD has told me that you will
be the next king of Syria."
went back to Benhadad and told him, "Elisha said
that you will get well." 15But the very
next day, Hazael got a thick blanket; he soaked it in
water and held it over Benhadad's face until he died.
Hazael then became king.
King Jehoram of Judah
(2 Chronicles 21.2-20)
son of Jehoshaphat became king of Judah in Joram's fifth
year as king of Israel, while Jehoshaphat was still king
of Judah. 17Jehoram was thirty-two years old
when he became king, and he ruled eight years from
disobeyed the LORD by doing wrong.
He married Ahab's daughter and was as sinful as Ahab's
family and the kings of Israel. 19But the LORD refused to destroy Judah, because he
had promised his servant David that someone from his
family would always rule in Judah.
Jehoram was king, the people of Edom rebelled and chose
their own king. 21So Jehoram and his cavalry
marched to Zair, where the Edomite army surrounded him
and his commanders. During the night he attacked the
Edomites, but he was defeated, and his troops escaped to
their homes. 22Judah was never able to regain
control of Edom. Even the town of Libnah rebelled at that
else Jehoram did while he was king is written in The
History of the Kings of Judah. 24Jehoram
died and was buried beside his ancestors in Jerusalem.
His son Ahaziah then became king.
King Ahaziah of Judah
(2 Chronicles 22.1-6)
son of Jehoram became king of Judah in the twelfth year
of Joram's rule in Israel. 26Ahaziah was
twenty-two years old when he became king, and he ruled
from Jerusalem for only one year. His mother was
Athaliah, a granddaughter of King Omri of Israel. 27Since
Ahaziah was related to Ahab's family, he acted just like
them and disobeyed the LORD by
went with King Joram of Israel to attack King Hazael and
the Syrian troops at Ramoth in Gilead. Joram was wounded
in that battle, 29so he went to the town of
Jezreel to recover. Ahaziah went there to visit him.
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
Jonah 3 Once
again the LORD told Jonah 2to
go to that great city of Nineveh and preach his message
obeyed the LORD and went to
Nineveh. The city was so big that it took three days just
to walk through it. 4After walking for a day,
Jonah warned the people, "Forty days from now,
Nineveh will be destroyed!"
believed God's message and set a time when they would go
without eating to show their sorrow. Then everyone in the
city, no matter who they were, dressed in sackcloth.
the king of Nineveh heard what was happening, he also
dressed in sackcloth; he left the royal palace and sat in
dust. 7-9Then he and his officials sent out an
order for everyone in the city to obey. It said:
None of you or your animals may eat or
drink a thing. Each of you must wear sackcloth, and
you must even put sackcloth on your animals.
You must also pray to the LORD
God with all your heart and stop being sinful and
cruel. Maybe God will change his mind and have mercy
on us, so we won't be destroyed.
God saw that the people had stopped doing evil things, he
had pity and did not destroy them as he had planned.