Parallel Verses

Julia Smith Translation

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

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

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.

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 emulous of spiritual things, and rather that ye might prophesy. 2 For he speaking in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God: (for none hears; and in the spirit he speaks mysteries.)


Cross References

1 Corinthians 12:1

And concerning spiritual things, brethren, I wish you not to be ignorant.

1 Corinthians 14:39

Therefore, brethren, be zealous to prophesy, and hinder not to speak in tongues.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Let all things be in love.

Numbers 11:25-29

And Jehovah will come down in the cloud, and will speak to him, and he will take from the spirit which is upon him, and will give upon the seventy men, the old men: and it shall be in the resting of the spirit upon them, and they shall prophesy, and they shall not cease.

Proverbs 15:9

The way of the unjust an abomination of Jehovah: and he will love him pursuing justice.

Proverbs 21:21

He pursuing justice and mercy shall find life, justice and honor.

Isaiah 51:1

Hear to me, ye pursuing justice, seeking Jehovah: look to the rock ye hewed, and at the quarry of the pit ye dug out

Romans 9:30

What then shall we say? That the nations, not following justice, overtook justice, and the justice of faith.

Romans 12:6

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

Romans 14:19

So therefore, let us pursue the things of peace, and the things for the building up for one another.

1 Corinthians 12:31-9

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

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now remains faith, hope, love, these three; and the greater of these, love.

1 Corinthians 14:3-5

And he prophesying speaks to men for building the house, and entreaty, and encouragement.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

And If all prophesy, and any unbelieving, or ignorant private individual come in, he is refuted by all, he is examined by all:

1 Corinthians 14:37

If any think to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him observe what I write to you, that they are the commands of the Lord.

Ephesians 1:3

Praised be God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, he having praised us in every spiritual praise in heavenly things in Christ:

1 Thessalonians 5:20

Set not prophecies at nought.

1 Timothy 4:14

Neglect not the power which in thee, which was given thee by the gift of prophecy, with the putting on of hands of the council of elders.

1 Timothy 5:10

Testified of in good works; if she have brought up children, if she lodged strangers, if she washed the feet of the holy, if she relieved the pressed, if she followed every good work.

1 Timothy 6:11

And thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow justice, devotion, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2 Timothy 2:22

And flee youthful, eager desires: and follow justice, faith, love, peace, with them calling upon the Lord from a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14

Follow peace with all, and consecration, without which none shall see the Lord:

1 Peter 3:11-13

Let him bend away from evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and follow it.

2 Peter 1:7

And in devotion brotherly love; and in brotherly love, love.

3 John 1:11

Dearly beloved, imitate not evil, but good. He doing good is of God: and he doing evil has not seen God.

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