1 Corinthians 14:3
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New International Version
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

New Living Translation
But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.

English Standard Version
On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.

New American Standard Bible
But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

King James Bible
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation.

International Standard Version
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding, encouragement, and comfort.

NET Bible
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who prophesies speaks edification, encouragement and comfort to children of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But when a person speaks what God has revealed, he speaks to people to help them grow, to encourage them, and to comfort them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that prophesies speaks unto men for edification and exhortation and comfort.

King James 2000 Bible
But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

American King James Version
But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

American Standard Version
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men unto edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Darby Bible Translation
But he that prophesies speaks to men [in] edification, and encouragement, and consolation.

English Revised Version
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and comfort, and consolation.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Weymouth New Testament
But he who prophesies speaks to men words of edification, encouragement and comfort.

World English Bible
But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who is prophesying to men doth speak edification, and exhortation, and comfort;
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

Verse 3. - To edification, and exhortation, and comfort. The "to" should be omitted. His words build up the Christian soul, by rousing its efforts and consoling its sorrows. The "Son of prophecy" (Barnabas) is, as Stanley points out, also "a Son of consolation" (Acts 4:36). "Support" (paraklesis) involves "comfort," i.e. strength and calm.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he that prophesieth,.... Preaches, prays, or sings, in a language understood by the common people:

speaketh unto men to edification; to the building of them up in Christ, and on their most holy faith, so that they grow up as an holy temple to the Lord: and exhortation; to the more vigorous exercise of grace, and the more cheerful and fervent discharge of duty:

and comfort; of distressed minds, either through the temptations of Satan, or divine desertions, or inward corruptions, or outward afflictions; for all which ends and purposes the Scriptures are written, and gifts are bestowed on men to explain them; and which ends are answered when God gives a blessing to the word; but can never be expected, if delivered in a language not understood. This bears hard upon the Papists performing any part of divine worship in a language unintelligible to the common people.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. But—on the other hand.

edification—of which the two principal species given are "exhortation" to remove sluggishness, "comfort" or consolation to remove sadness [Bengel]. Omit "to."

1 Corinthians 14:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prophecy and Tongues
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. 3But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. 4One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.…
Cross References
Acts 4:36
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means "son of encouragement"),

Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

1 Corinthians 14:5
I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

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

But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4,12,26 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that …

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and …

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.

Ephesians 4:12-16,29 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for …

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister …

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, …

exhortation.

Luke 3:18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he to the people.

Acts 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Acts 15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the …

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it …

1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

1 Thessalonians 5:11,14 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do…

2 Thessalonians 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may …

Titus 2:6,9,15 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded…

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any …

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner …

Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for …

1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother to you, as I suppose, I have written …

comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:31 For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all …

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort …

2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him…

Ephesians 6:22 Whom I have sent to you for the same purpose, that you might know …

Colossians 4:8 Whom I have sent to you for the same purpose, that he might know …

1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of …

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Why comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do…

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