1 Corinthians 14:12
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.

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.

New King James Version
Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

New American Standard Bible
So you too, since you are eager to possess spiritual gifts, strive to excel for the edification of the church.

NASB 1995
So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

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

Amplified Bible
So it is with you, since you are so very eager to have spiritual gifts and manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in ways that will build up the church [spiritually].

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

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

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.

Contemporary English Version
If you really want spiritual gifts, choose the ones that will be most helpful to the church.

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

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

Good News Translation
Since you are eager to have the gifts of the Spirit, you must try above everything else to make greater use of those which help to build up 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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
so you also, since you are earnestly desirous of spiritual gifts, seek for the building up of the Assembly that you may abound;

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.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 ye may prophesy.

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

Titus 2:14
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

spiritual gifts.

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 prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort…









(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").

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
It is the same
Οὕτως (Houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

with you.
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

Since
ἐπεὶ (epei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1893: Of time: when, after; of cause: since, because; otherwise: else. From epi and ei; thereupon, i.e. Since.

you are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

eager to have
ζηλωταί (zēlōtai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2207: One who is eagerly devoted to a person or a thing, a zealot. From zeloo; a 'zealot'.

spiritual gifts,
πνευμάτων (pneumatōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

strive
ζητεῖτε (zēteite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

excel
περισσεύητε (perisseuēte)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4052: From perissos; to superabound, be in excess, be superfluous; also to cause to superabound or excel.

[in gifts that]
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

build up
οἰκοδομὴν (oikodomēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3619: Feminine of a compound of oikos and the base of doma; architecture, i.e. a structure; figuratively, confirmation.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

church.
ἐκκλησίας (ekklēsias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.


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