Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

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

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.

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).

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 Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy. 2 For the person who speaks in another language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.


Cross References

1 Corinthians 12:1

Now concerning what comes from the Spirit: brothers, I do not want you to be unaware.

1 Corinthians 14:39

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

1 Corinthians 16:14

Your every action must be done with love.

Numbers 11:25-29

Then the Lord descended in the cloud and spoke to him. He took some of the Spirit that was on Moses and placed the Spirit on the 70 elders. As the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they never did it again.

Proverbs 15:9

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but He loves the one who pursues righteousness.

Proverbs 21:21

The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Isaiah 51:1

Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness,
you who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.

Romans 9:30

What should we say then? Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes from faith.

Romans 12:6

According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts:If prophecy,
use it according to the standard of one’s faith;

Romans 14:19

So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.

1 Corinthians 12:31-9

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

1 Corinthians 13:13

Now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 14:3-5

But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

But if all are prophesying and some unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convicted by all and is judged by all.

1 Corinthians 14:37

If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that what I write to you is the Lord’s command.

Ephesians 1:3

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

1 Thessalonians 5:20

Don’t despise prophecies,

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.

1 Timothy 5:10

and is well known for good works—that is, if she has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints’ feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to every good work.

1 Timothy 6:11

But you, man of God, run from these things,
and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, endurance, and gentleness.

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14

Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:11-13

and he must turn awayfrom evil
and do what is good.
He must seek peaceand pursue it,

2 Peter 1:7

godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

3 John 1:11

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

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