Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

Do not despise prophecies.

New American Standard Bible

do not despise prophetic utterances.

King James Version

Despise not prophesyings.

Holman Bible

Don’t despise prophecies,

A Conservative Version

Do not disdain prophecies,

American Standard Version

despise not prophesyings;


Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning].

An Understandable Version

Do not look down on prophetic messages.

Anderson New Testament

Despise not prophesyings.

Bible in Basic English

Do not make little of the words of the prophets;

Common New Testament

do not despise prophecies.

Daniel Mace New Testament

don't despise the prophetic gift.

Darby Translation

do not lightly esteem prophecies;

Godbey New Testament

despise not prophesying;

Goodspeed New Testament

Do not disregard the utterances it inspires,

John Wesley New Testament

Despise not prophesyings.

Julia Smith Translation

Set not prophecies at nought.

King James 2000

Despise not prophesying.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Do not despise prophecies,

Modern King James verseion

Do not despise prophesying.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

despise not prophesying.

Moffatt New Testament

never disdain prophetic revelations

Montgomery New Testament

Do not despise prophesyings.

NET Bible

Do not treat prophecies with contempt.

New Heart English Bible

Do not treat prophecies with contempt,

Noyes New Testament

despise not prophesyings,

Sawyer New Testament

despise not prophecies.

The Emphasized Bible

Prophesyings, do not despise,

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Despise not prophesyings.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Do not make light of preaching.


Despise not prophesyings.

Weymouth New Testament

Do not think meanly of utterances of prophecy;

Williams New Testament

Stop treating the messages of prophecy with contempt,

World English Bible

Don't despise prophesies.

Worrell New Testament

Despise not prophesyings;

Worsley New Testament

Slight not prophesyings:

Youngs Literal Translation

prophesyings despise not;


Root Form
Usage: 11

not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

Verse Info

Context Readings

Final Exhortations And Benediction

19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.

Cross References

1 Corinthians 11:4

Every man who prays or prophesies with something on his head dishonors his head,

1 Corinthians 14:1

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

1 Corinthians 14:3-6

But the person who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding, encouragement, and comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:22-25

Foreign languages, then, are meant to be a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers, while prophecy is meant, not for unbelievers, but for believers.

1 Corinthians 14:29-32

Two or three prophets should speak, and others should weigh carefully what is said.

1 Corinthians 14:37-39

If anyone thinks he is a prophet or a spiritual person, he must acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command.

Numbers 11:25-29

The LORD came down in a cloud, spoke to Moses, and made an apportionment from the spirit who rested on him to the 70 elders. When the spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but that was it.

1 Samuel 10:5-6

"After that you will come to Gibeath-elohim where the Philistine garrison is. As you arrive there at the town, you'll meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre being played in front of them, and they'll be prophesying.

1 Samuel 10:10-13

When they arrived there at Gibeah, a band of prophets was right there to meet them. The Spirit of God came upon Saul, and he prophesied along with them.

1 Samuel 19:20-24

Saul sent messengers to take David, and they saw a group of prophets caught up in prophetic ecstasy, with Samuel standing beside them leading them. Then the Spirit of God came on Saul's messengers, and they also were caught up in prophetic ecstasy.

Acts 19:6

When Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in foreign languages and to prophesy.

1 Corinthians 12:10

to another miraculous results; to another prophecy; to another the ability to distinguish between spirits; to another various kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages.

1 Corinthians 12:28

God has appointed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, those who have gifts of healing, those who help others, administrators, and those who speak various kinds of languages.

1 Corinthians 13:2

If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:9

For what we know is incomplete and what we prophesy is incomplete.

Ephesians 4:11-12

And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers,

1 Thessalonians 4:8

Therefore, whoever rejects this instruction is not rejecting human authority but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

Revelation 11:3-11

I will give my two witnesses who wear sackcloth the authority to prophesy for 1,260 days."

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