Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Pursue love, and be zealous for the spiritual things, but more that ye may prophesy.

New American Standard Bible

Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

King James Version

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Holman Bible

Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy.

International Standard Version

Keep on pursuing love, and keep on desiring spiritual gifts, especially the ability to prophesy.

American Standard Version

Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts , but rather that ye may prophesy.

Amplified

Pursue [this] love [with eagerness, make it your goal], yet earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual gifts [to be used by believers for the benefit of the church], but especially that you may prophesy [to foretell the future, to speak a new message from God to the people].

An Understandable Version

You should make loving [others] your aim, yet eagerly desire [to possess] spiritual gifts, and especially [the gift of] prophecy.

Anderson New Testament

Cultivate love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

Bible in Basic English

Go after love; still desiring to have the things which the Spirit gives, but most of all that you may have the prophet's power.

Common New Testament

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

Daniel Mace New Testament

Cultivate social virtue; then desire spiritual gifts, but chiefly that of explaining the prophetical writings.

Darby Translation

Follow after love, and be emulous of spiritual manifestations, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Godbey New Testament

Follow after divine love; and seek the spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

Goodspeed New Testament

You must pursue love, while you are cultivating the spiritual endowments, and especially inspired preaching.

John Wesley New Testament

Follow after love: and desire spiritual gifts; but especially that ye may prophesy.

Julia Smith Translation

Pursue love, and be emulous of spiritual things, and rather that ye might prophesy.

King James 2000

Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Pursue love, and strive for spiritual [gifts], but especially that you may prophesy.

Modern King James verseion

Follow after charity and desire spiritual things, but rather that you may prophesy.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Labour for love, and covet spiritual gifts: and most chiefly for to prophesy.

Moffatt New Testament

Make love your aim, and then set your heart on the spiritual gifts ??especially upon prophecy.

Montgomery New Testament

Hotly pursue this love, yet seek earnestly spiritual gifts, and chiefly that you may prophesy.

NET Bible

Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

New Heart English Bible

Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Noyes New Testament

Strive to possess love; and desire earnestly the spiritual gifts, but especially that of prophesying.

Sawyer New Testament

Cherish love, and be earnestly desirous of spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

The Emphasized Bible

Pursue love; nevertheless be envious of the spiritual gifts, - and, rather, that ye may be prophesying.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

FOLLOW earnestly after love, and zealously seek spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Seek this Love earnestly, and strive for spiritual gifts, above all for the gift of preaching.

Webster

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Weymouth New Testament

Be eager in your pursuit of this Love, and be earnestly ambitious for spiritual gifts, but let it be chiefly so in order that you may prophesy.

Williams New Testament

Keep on pursuing love, but still keep cultivating your spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophesying.

World English Bible

Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Worrell New Testament

Pursue love; and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Worsley New Testament

Labour after charity, and be desirous of spiritual gifts: but especially that ye may prophesy.

Youngs Literal Translation

Pursue the love, and seek earnestly the spiritual things, and rather that ye may prophecy,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
διώκω 
Dioko 
Usage: 28

G26
ἀγάπη 
Agape 
Usage: 105

and
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

ζηλόω 
Zeloo 
Usage: 10

πνευματικός 
Pneumatikos 
Usage: 25

gifts, but
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

μᾶλλον 
Mallon 
more, rather, the more, better ,
Usage: 66

ἵνα 
Hina 
that, to,
Usage: 472

Context Readings

Appropriate Use Of Prophecy And Tongues

1 Pursue love, and be zealous for the spiritual things, but more that ye may prophesy. 2 For he who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God, for no man hears, but in spirit he speaks mysteries.


Cross References

1 Corinthians 12:1

Now concerning the spiritual things, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.

1 Corinthians 14:39

Therefore brothers, be zealous for prophesying, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Let all things of you be done in love.

Numbers 11:25-29

And LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took from the Spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders. And it came to pass, that, when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but they did so no mor

Proverbs 15:9

The way of a wicked man is an abomination to LORD, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.

Proverbs 21:21

He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Isaiah 51:1

Hearken to me, ye who follow after righteousness, ye who seek LORD. Look to the rock from where ye were hewn, and to the hold of the pit from where ye were dug.

Romans 9:30

What will we say then? That the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness from faith.

Romans 12:6

And having different gifts according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, according to the proportion of faith;

Romans 14:19

So then we should pursue the things of peace, and the things of constructiveness for each other.

1 Corinthians 12:31-9

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

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now remain faith, hope, love, these three, but the greater of these is love.

1 Corinthians 14:3-5

But he who prophesies speaks to men edification and encouragement and comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

But if all prophesy, and some unbelieving or unlearned man comes in, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all.

1 Corinthians 14:37

If any man presumes to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge what I write to you, that they are commandments of Lord.

Ephesians 1:3

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly things in Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:20

Do not disdain prophecies,

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect the gift in thee, which was given thee by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

1 Timothy 5:10

being testified in good works: if she has reared children, if she has been hospitable to strangers, if she has washed the feet of the sanctified, if she has relieved those who are afflicted, if she has followed every good work.

1 Timothy 6:11

But thou, O man of God, flee these things, and pursue righteousness, piety, faith, love, patience, mildness.

2 Timothy 2:22

And flee juvenile impulses, but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14

Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:11-13

Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

2 Peter 1:7

and in piety, brotherly affection, and in brotherly affection, love.

3 John 1:11

Beloved, do not imitate the evil, but the good. The man doing right is of God. The man doing wrong has not seen God.

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