Parallel Verses

King James 2000

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet I show unto you a more excellent way.

New American Standard Bible

But earnestly desire the greater gifts.And I show you a still more excellent way.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

International Standard Version

Keep on desiring the better gifts. And now I will show you the best way of all.

A Conservative Version

But be zealous for the better gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

American Standard Version

But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent way show I unto you.

Amplified

But earnestly desire and strive for the greater gifts [if acquiring them is going to be your goal].And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one of the choicest graces and the highest of them all: unselfish love].

An Understandable Version

[Obviously not], but you should eagerly desire the more important gifts. And now I will show you a much better way [i.e., a better way to serve one another in the church than using supernatural gifts]:

Anderson New Testament

But seek earnestly the best gifts; and yet I show you a more excellent way.

Bible in Basic English

But let your desires be turned to the more important things given by the Spirit. And now I am pointing out to you an even better way.

Common New Testament

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Daniel Mace New Testament

you are contesting about the superiority of your gifts: but I point out to you a more excellent way.

Darby Translation

But desire earnestly the greater gifts, and yet shew I unto you a way of more surpassing excellence.

Goodspeed New Testament

But you must cultivate the higher endowments.

John Wesley New Testament

And yet I shew unto you a more excellent way.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

But earnestly pursue the best gifts, and yet I show unto you a more excellent way.

Julia Smith Translation

And be emulous of the better favors: and yet I shew you a way according to eminence.

Lexham Expanded Bible

But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Modern King James verseion

But zealously strive after the better gifts. And yet I show to you a more excellent way.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Covet after the best gifts. And yet show I unto you a more excellent way.

Moffatt New Testament

Set your hearts on the higher talents. And yet I will go on to show you a still higher path.

Montgomery New Testament

Desire earnestly the greater gifts. And yet I will go on to show you a still more excellent way.

NET Bible

But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.

New Heart English Bible

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you.

Noyes New Testament

But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And furthermore I show you by far the most excellent way.

Sawyer New Testament

But desire earnestly the best gifts: and I will still more fully show you the way.

The Emphasized Bible

Be envious, however, of the greater gifts; and, yet, a much more excellent way, unto you, I point out: -

Thomas Haweis New Testament

But zealously seek the gifts that are the best: and yet I shew unto you a more transcendently excellent way.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Strive for the greater gifts. Yet I can still show you a way beyond all comparison the best.

Webster

But covet earnestly the best gifts. And yet I show to you a more excellent way.

Weymouth New Testament

But always seek to excel in the greater gifts. And now I will point out to you a way of life which transcends all others.

Williams New Testament

But you must earnestly continue to cultivate your higher spiritual gifts. And yet I will show you a way that is better by far:

World English Bible

But earnestly desire the best gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you.

Worrell New Testament

But desire earnestly the greater gifts; and a still more excellent way I show you.

Worsley New Testament

Though I will shew you a way yet more excellent.

Youngs Literal Translation

and desire earnestly the better gifts; and yet a far excelling way do I shew to you:

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

ζηλόω 
Zeloo 
Usage: 10

the best
κρείττων 
Kreitton 
Usage: 19

χάρισμα 
Charisma 
Usage: 17

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

ἔτι 
Eti 
Usage: 75

shew I
δεικνύω 
Deiknuo 
Usage: 22

ὑμῖν 
Humin 
you, ye, your, not tr,
Usage: 293

ὑπερβολή 
Huperbole 
Usage: 8

References

Context Readings

Unity In The Midst Of Diversity

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet I show unto you a more excellent way.


Cross References

1 Corinthians 14:39

Therefore, brethren, be eager to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

1 Corinthians 13:1-1

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Luke 10:42

But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

1 Corinthians 8:1

Now concerning things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.

Philippians 3:8

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but rubbish, that I may win Christ,

Hebrews 11:4

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks.



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