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

New Living Translation
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues.

English Standard Version
So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

King James Bible
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in other languages.

International Standard Version
Therefore, my brothers, desire the ability to prophesy, and do not prevent others from speaking in foreign languages.

NET Bible
So then, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid anyone from speaking in tongues.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be zealous therefore, my brethren, to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in languages.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So, brothers and sisters, desire to speak what God has revealed, and don't keep anyone from speaking in other languages.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, brothers, earnestly pursue prophecy and do not forbid to speak with tongues.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore, brethren, be eager to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

American King James Version
Why, brothers, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

American Standard Version
Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore, brethren, be zealous to prophesy; and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Darby Bible Translation
So that, brethren, desire to prophesy, and do not forbid the speaking with tongues.

English Revised Version
Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak in languages.

Weymouth New Testament
The conclusion, my brethren, is this. Be earnestly ambitious to prophesy, and do not check speaking with tongues;

World English Bible
Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking with other languages.

Young's Literal Translation
so that, brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and to speak with tongues do not forbid;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:34-40 When the apostle exhorts Christian women to seek information on religious subjects from their husbands at home, it shows that believing families ought to assemble for promoting spiritual knowledge. The Spirit of Christ can never contradict itself; and if their revelations are against those of the apostle, they do not come from the same Spirit. The way to keep peace, truth, and order in the church, is to seek that which is good for it, to bear with that which is not hurtful to its welfare, and to keep up good behaviour, order, and decency.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 39. - Wherefore. The final conclusion. Covet... forbid not. The power to preach is to be desired; all that can be said of glossolaly is that it is not to be absolutely forbidden so long as the conditions which St. Paul has laid down for its regulation are observed. But glossolaly is hardly possible under conditions of order, decorum, and self suppression, and we are not surprised that we hear no more of it in the Church, but only in the wild excitement of fanatical sects. The suppression, however, of the startling manifestation by no means necessarily involves any enfeeblement of the inspiring conviction from which it sprang. The brawling torrent which "foams its madness off" is lost in the calm and majestic flow of the deep river.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy,.... The apostle now draws to a conclusion, and reassumes the exhortation he gave in the beginning of the chapter, pressing the members of this church to desire the gift of prophecy, that being the most eligible and preferable to others, particularly to speaking with tongues, since it was the most useful and edifying, as he abundantly proves:

and forbid not to speak with tongues; such as have that gift, and are desirous of exercising it, provided they observe the rules prescribed, and have an interpreter; this he adds to promote love, and prevent dissension and discord.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

39. covet—earnestly desire. Stronger than "forbid not"; marking how much higher he esteemed "prophecy" than "tongues."

1 Corinthians 14:39 Additional Commentaries
Context
Orderly Worship
38But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 39Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. 40But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
Cross References
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 14:1
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:38
But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.
Treasury of Scripture

Why, brothers, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

covet.

1 Corinthians 14:1,3,5,24,25 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that …

1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a more excellent way.

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.

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