1 Corinthians 14:39
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.

Berean Study Bible
So, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

Berean Literal Bible
So, my brothers, earnestly desire 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.

New King James Version
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

NASB 1995
Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

NASB 1977
Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

Amplified Bible
Therefore, believers, desire earnestly to prophesy [to foretell the future, to speak a new message from God to the people], and do not forbid speaking in unknown tongues.

Christian Standard Bible
So then, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

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

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

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

Contemporary English Version
My friends, be eager to prophesy and don't stop anyone from speaking languages that others don't know.

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

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

Good News Translation
So then, my friends, set your heart on proclaiming God's message, but do not forbid the speaking in strange tongues.

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
so that, brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues;

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

New Heart English Bible
Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Orderly Worship
38But if anyone ignores this, he himself will be ignored. 39So, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40But everything must be done in a proper and orderly manner.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:31
But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now 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 absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 14:1
Earnestly pursue love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:38
But if anyone ignores this, he himself will 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 ye may prophesy…

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

1 Thessalonians 5:20
Despise not prophesyings.









(39) Wherefore, brethren.--The practical summing up of the whole matter. Seek earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. The phraseology intimates the relative importance of the two gifts in the estimation of the Apostle, which was inverted by those to whom he wrote at Corinth. This ought you to do, but not leave the other undone.

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
So,
Ὥστε (Hōste)
Conjunction
Strong's 5620: So that, therefore, so then, so as to. From hos and te; so too, i.e. Thus therefore.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

brothers,
ἀδελφοί (adelphoi)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

be eager
ζηλοῦτε (zēloute)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2206: From zelos; to have warmth of feeling for or against.

to prophesy
προφητεύειν (prophēteuein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 4395: From prophetes; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

{do} not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

forbid
κωλύετε (kōlyete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2967: To prevent, debar, hinder; with infin: from doing so and so. From the base of kolazo; to estop, i.e. Prevent.

speaking
λαλεῖν (lalein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

in tongues.
γλώσσαις (glōssais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1100: The tongue; by implication, a language.


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