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.
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.
CommentaryMatthew 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 BibleThe 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.
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.
Treasury of Scripture
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a more excellent way.
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