Parallel Verses

Amplified

Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy ( interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching).

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.

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

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

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Follow after charity and earnestly pursue spiritual gifts, but above all, 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 Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy ( interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching). 2 For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].


Cross References

1 Corinthians 12:1

Now about the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed.

1 Corinthians 14:39

So [to conclude], my brethren, earnestly desire and set your hearts on prophesying (on being inspired to preach and teach and to interpret God's will and purpose), and do not forbid or hinder speaking in [unknown] tongues.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God's love for us).

Numbers 11:25-29

And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him and put It upon the seventy elders; and when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied [sounding forth the praises of God and declaring His will]. Then they did so no more.

Proverbs 15:9

The way of the wicked is an abomination, extremely disgusting and shamefully vile to the Lord, but He loves him who pursues righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).

Proverbs 21:21

He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.

Isaiah 51:1

Hearken to Me, you who follow after rightness and justice, you who seek and inquire of [and require] the Lord [claiming Him by necessity and by right]: look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the hole in the quarry from which you were dug;

Romans 9:30

What shall we say then? That Gentiles who did not follow after righteousness [who did not seek salvation by right relationship to God] have attained it by faith [a righteousness imputed by God, based on and produced by faith],

Romans 12:6

Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;

Romans 14:19

So let us then definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another.

1 Corinthians 12:31-9

But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all -- "love].

1 Corinthians 13:13

And so faith, hope, love abide [faith -- "conviction and belief respecting man's relation to God and divine things; hope -- "joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love -- "true affection for God and man, growing out of God's love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 14:3-5

But [on the other hand], the one who prophesies [who interprets the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching] speaks to men for their upbuilding and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

But if all prophesy [giving inspired testimony and interpreting the divine will and purpose] and an unbeliever or untaught outsider comes in, he is told of his sin and reproved and convicted and convinced by all, and his defects and needs are examined (estimated, determined) and he is called to account by all,

1 Corinthians 14:37

If anyone thinks and claims that he is a prophet [filled with and governed by the Holy Spirit of God and inspired to interpret the divine will and purpose in preaching or teaching] or has any other spiritual endowment, let him understand (recognize and acknowledge) that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord.

Ephesians 1:3

May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!

1 Thessalonians 5:20

Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning].

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect the gift which is in you, [that special inward endowment] which was directly imparted to you [by the Holy Spirit] by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you [at your ordination].

1 Timothy 5:10

And she must have a reputation for good deeds, as one who has brought up children, who has practiced hospitality to strangers [of the brotherhood], washed the feet of the saints, helped to relieve the distressed, [and] devoted herself diligently to doing good in every way.

1 Timothy 6:11

But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart.

2 Timothy 2:22

Shun youthful lusts and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14

Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:11-13

Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]

2 Peter 1:7

And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love.

3 John 1:11

Beloved, do not imitate evil, but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen (discerned or experienced) God [has enjoyed no vision of Him and does not know Him at all].

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