1 Corinthians 14:1
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New International Version
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

New Living Translation
Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives--especially the ability to prophesy.

English Standard Version
Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

New American Standard Bible
Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

King James Bible
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy.

International Standard Version
Keep on pursuing love, and keep on desiring spiritual gifts, especially the ability to prophesy.

NET Bible
Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Run after love and be zealous for the gifts of The Spirit, but especially that you may prophesy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially the gift of speaking what God has revealed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Follow after charity and earnestly pursue spiritual gifts, but above all, that ye may prophesy.

King James 2000 Bible
Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

American King James Version
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

American Standard Version
Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts , but rather that ye may prophesy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
FOLLOW after charity, be zealous for spiritual gifts; but rather that you may prophesy.

Darby Bible Translation
Follow after love, and be emulous of spiritual [manifestations], but rather that ye may prophesy.

English Revised Version
Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Weymouth New Testament
Be eager in your pursuit of this Love, and be earnestly ambitious for spiritual gifts, but let it be chiefly so in order that you may prophesy.

World English Bible
Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Young's Literal Translation
Pursue the love, and seek earnestly the spiritual things, and rather that ye may prophecy,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-5 Prophesying, that is, explaining Scripture, is compared with speaking with tongues. This drew attention, more than the plain interpretation of Scripture; it gratified pride more, but promoted the purposes of Christian charity less; it would not equally do good to the souls of men. What cannot be understood, never can edify. No advantage can be reaped from the most excellent discourses, if delivered in language such as the hearers cannot speak or understand. Every ability or possession is valuable in proportion to its usefulness. Even fervent, spiritual affection must be governed by the exercise of the understanding, else men will disgrace the truths they profess to promote.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-25. - The gift of preaching superior to the gift tongues. Verse 1. - Follow after charity; literally, chase; pursue. The word is one of which St. Paul is fond (Romans 9:30, 31; Romans 13:13; Romans 14:19; Philippians 3:12, 14; 1 Timothy 6:11, etc.). And desire; rather, yet be zealous for. But rather that ye may prophesy; and yet more strive after the gift of sacred preaching.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Follow after charity,.... The apostle having so highly commended charity, or love, in the preceding chapter, presses here to an eager pursuit after it; that is, to an exercise of it, and after those things which make for it, and will serve to maintain and increase it: and everything he has said in praise of it before serves as an argument, or reason, to follow hard after it, with an eagerness used in hunting, and with such violence as persecutors express in pursuing and laying hold on those they seek after, to which there is an allusion in the word here used:

and desire spiritual gifts: for though he had given charity the preference to them, he did not mean that they should despise and neglect them, or treat them with indifference, and be unconcerned about them; but, on the other hand, that they should be very zealous for them, ambitious of them, and earnestly covet them; since being rightly used and kept in their proper place, they were greatly beneficial and profitable to the churches of Christ, and the glory of God:

but rather that ye may prophesy: of all the gifts of the Spirit, the apostle prefers prophesying, and recommends this to the Corinthians, as what they should be chiefly desirous of, and more desirous of than of speaking with tongues, which many among them were so very fond of: by which he means, not so much the gift of foretelling future events, though there was such a gift bestowed on some persons in those times, and, in certain cases, was very profitable to the churches; but a gift of preaching the word, or explaining the prophecies of the Old Testament, and of praying and singing of psalms, all which, as appears from some following parts of this chapter, were included in it; and that not in an ordinary, but in an extraordinary way; a person possessed of this gift could at once, without the use of means, or help of study, preach the word, and open the more difficult parts of Scripture; he had an extraordinary gift of prayer, which he could make use of when he pleased, and at once compose and deliver out a psalm, or hymn, in the public congregation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 14

1Co 14:1-25. Superiority of Prophecy over Tongues.

1. Follow after charity—as your first and chief aim, seeing that it is "the greatest" (1Co 13:13).

and desire—Translate, "Yet (as a secondary aim) desire zealously (see on [2292]1Co 12:31) spiritual gifts."

but rather—"but chiefly that ye may prophesy" (speak and exhort under inspiration) (Pr 29:18; Ac 13:1; 1Th 5:20), whether as to future events, that is, strict prophecy, or explaining obscure parts of Scripture, especially the prophetical Scriptures or illustrating and setting forth questions of Christian doctrine and practice. Our modern preaching is the successor of prophecy, but without the inspiration. Desire zealously this (prophecy) more than any other spiritual gift; or in preference to "tongues" (1Co 14:2, &c.) [Bengel].

1 Corinthians 14:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prophecy and Tongues
1Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 10:5
"After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying.

1 Corinthians 12:1
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.

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

1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 14:22
Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers.

1 Corinthians 14:24
But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all,

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

1 Corinthians 16:14
Do everything in love.
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2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

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Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

prophesy.

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