1 Corinthians 14:12
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New International Version
So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

New Living Translation
And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.

English Standard Version
So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

Berean Study Bible
It is the same with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, strive to excel in gifts that build up the church.

Berean Literal Bible
So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, search for the edification of the church, that you should cause it to abound.

New American Standard Bible
So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

King James Bible
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So also you--since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in building up the church.

International Standard Version
In the same way, since you're so desirous of spiritual gifts, you must keep on desiring them for building up the church.

NET Bible
It is the same with you. Since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, seek to abound in order to strengthen the church.

New Heart English Bible
So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the church.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So also you, because you are zealous of the gifts of The Spirit, seek to excel for the edification of the church.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the same way, since you're eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in them so that you help the church grow.

New American Standard 1977
So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye desire the things of the Spirit, earnestly pursue excellence unto the edification of the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

American King James Version
Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

American Standard Version
So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual gifts , seek that ye may abound unto the edifying of the church.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So you also, forasmuch as you are zealous of spirits, seek to abound unto the edifying of the church.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus ye also, since ye are desirous of spirits, seek that ye may abound for the edification of the assembly.

English Revised Version
So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may abound unto the edifying of the church.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore, seeing that you are ambitious for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in them so as to benefit the Church.

World English Bible
So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the assembly.

Young's Literal Translation
so also ye, since ye are earnestly desirous of spiritual gifts, for the building up of the assembly seek that ye may abound;
Study Bible
Prophecy and Tongues
11If, then, I do not know the meaning of someone’s language, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. 12It is the same with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, strive to excel in gifts that build up the church. 13Therefore, the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.…
Cross References
Romans 14:19
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

1 Corinthians 14:3
But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, encouragement, and comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:4
The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

1 Corinthians 14:5
I wish that all of you could speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

1 Corinthians 14:13
Therefore, the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
Treasury of Scripture

Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

forasmuch.

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that …

1 Corinthians 12:7,31 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with…

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

spiritual gifts. Gr. spirits. See on.

1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

seek.

1 Corinthians 14:3,4,26 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, …

(12) Even so ye.--Here follows the practical application of the previous teaching and illustration. The "ye" of 1Corinthians 14:9 was addressed to them as human beings generally; but here the Apostle returns to the immediate subject in hand, viz., the exaltation of particular spiritual gifts in the Corinthian Church. He passes now from the contrast between prophecy and tongues to give practical instruction (1Corinthians 14:12-19) as to how they should seek to use the gift of tongues. The word for "spiritual gifts" is, in the Greek, literally spirits, but is evidently meant to imply the gifts, and especially that one under consideration--the gift of tongues.

Seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.--Better, seek, then, to the edifying of the Church, that ye may abound. The point cannot be that they were to seek to excel in spiritual gifts, that so they might edify the Church, for the next verse explains how the gift is to be sought so that it may edify others; but the force of the passage here is as given above--they are to seek this gift for the benefit of others, and so they will themselves, by serving others, abound yet more and more (1Corinthians 8:7; 1Thessalonians 4:1).

Verse 12. - Even so ye. A general form of conclusion from the previous remarks. Of spiritual gifts; literally, since ye are zealots of spirits. That ye may excel to the edifying of the Church; rather, seek them to the edifying of the Church, that ye may abound. The same word is used in Matthew 5:20 ("exceed"); 1 Corinthians 8:8 ("are we the better"). Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts,.... Gr. "of spirits"; that is, "of the gifts of the Spirit", as the Syriac version renders it; and we rightly, "spiritual gifts"; the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, for which the apostle does not blame them; these being what he had before exhorted them to covet earnestly, and zealously affect and desire: but then he further advises,

seek that ye may excel, to the edifying of the church: above all, be desirous of such gifts, and of excelling in them, and abounding in the exercise of them, which may be most profitable and edifying to the members of the church; and what these were, and in what manner to be used, he had before signified: the Alexandrian copy reads, seek that ye may prophesy. 12. zealous—emulously desirous.

spiritual gifts—literally, "spirits"; that is, emanations from the one Spirit.

seek that ye may excel to—Translate, "Seek them, that ye may abound in them to the edifying," etc.14:6-14 Even an apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understood by his hearers. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hear them, is but speaking into the air. That cannot answer the end of speaking, which has no meaning; in this case, speaker and hearers are barbarians to each other. All religious services should be so performed in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them. Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. Every true follower of Christ will rather desire to do good to others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking.
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