1 Corinthians 12:31
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New International Version
Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

New Living Translation
So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

English Standard Version
But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Berean Study Bible
But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.

Berean Literal Bible
But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show to you now a more surpassing way.

New American Standard Bible
But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.

King James Bible
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

International Standard Version
Keep on desiring the better gifts. And now I will show you the best way of all.

NET Bible
But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if you are zealous for great gifts, I again shall show you a better way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You [only] want the better gifts, but I will show you the best thing to do.

New American Standard 1977
But earnestly desire the greater gifts.

      And I show you a still more excellent way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But earnestly pursue the best gifts, and yet I show unto you a more excellent way.

King James 2000 Bible
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet I show unto you a more excellent way.

American King James Version
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a more excellent way.

American Standard Version
But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent way show I unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be zealous for the better gifts. And I shew unto you yet a more excellent way.

Darby Bible Translation
But desire earnestly the greater gifts, and yet shew I unto you a way of more surpassing excellence.

English Revised Version
But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And a still more excellent way shew I unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But covet earnestly the best gifts. And yet I show to you a more excellent way.

Weymouth New Testament
But always seek to excel in the greater gifts. And now I will point out to you a way of life which transcends all others.

World English Bible
But earnestly desire the best gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you.

Young's Literal Translation
and desire earnestly the better gifts; and yet a far excelling way do I shew to you:

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:27-31 Contempt, hatred, envy, and strife, are very unnatural in Christians. It is like the members of the same body being without concern for one another, or quarrelling with each other. The proud, contentious spirit that prevailed, as to spiritual gifts, was thus condemned. The offices and gifts, or favours, dispensed by the Holy Spirit, are noticed. Chief ministers; persons enabled to interpret Scripture; those who laboured in word and doctrine; those who had power to heal diseases; such as helped the sick and weak; such as disposed of the money given in charity by the church, and managed the affairs of the church; and such as could speak divers languages. What holds the last and lowest rank in this list, is the power to speak languages; how vain, if a man does so merely to amuse or to exalt himself! See the distribution of these gifts, not to every one alike, ver. 29,30. This were to make the church all one, as if the body were all ear, or all eye. The Spirit distributes to every one as he will. We must be content though we are lower and less than others. We must not despise others, if we have greater gifts. How blessed the Christian church, if all the members did their duty! Instead of coveting the highest stations, or the most splendid gifts, let us leave the appointment of his instruments to God, and those in whom he works by his providence. Remember, those will not be approved hereafter who seek the chief places, but those who are most faithful to the trust placed in them, and most diligent in their Master's work.
Study Bible
The greater gifts
30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:1
Earnestly pursue love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:39
So, my brothers, be eager to prophesy and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
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