Parallel Verses

King James Version

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

New American Standard Bible

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

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 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.


Cross References

1 Corinthians 12:1

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

1 Corinthians 14:39

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Let all your things be done with charity.

Numbers 11:25-29

And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

Proverbs 15:9

The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Proverbs 21:21

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Isaiah 51:1

Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

Romans 9:30

What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Romans 12:6

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Romans 14:19

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

1 Corinthians 12:31-9

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

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 14:3-5

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

1 Corinthians 14:37

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Ephesians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

1 Thessalonians 5:20

Despise not prophesyings.

1 Timothy 4:14

Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

1 Timothy 5:10

Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

1 Timothy 6:11

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1 Peter 3:11-13

Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

2 Peter 1:7

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

3 John 1:11

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

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