1 Corinthians 14:1

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Follow after charitie, and desire spirituall giftes, but rather that yee may prophesie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual {gifts,} but especially that you may prophesy.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual `gifts', but rather that ye may prophesy.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

Follow after love, and be emulous of spiritual [manifestations], but rather that ye may prophesy.
- Darby Bible

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
- Webster's Bible

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.
- Weymouth Bible

Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
- World English Bible

Sue ye charite, loue ye spiritual thingis, but more that ye prophecien.
- Wycliffe Bible

Pursue the love, and seek earnestly the spiritual things, and rather that ye may prophecy,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:1


14:1 Follow after love - With zeal, vigour, courage, patience; else you can neither attain nor keep it. And - In their place, as subservient to this. Desire spiritual gifts; but especially that ye may prophesy - The word here does not mean foretelling things to come; but rather opening and applying the scripture.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:1


1Co 14:1 Order in Public Worship SUMMARY OF I CORINTHIANS 14: Of the Spiritual Gifts Prophecy Gives the First Place. Speaking with Tongues Secondary. Both Must Be Used So As to Edify. In the Church Assemblies What Is Spoken in a Tongue Must Be. Interpreted. One Only Must Speak at Once. The Women Must Keep Silent. Follow after charity and desire spiritual [gifts]. Though love is to be a supreme pursuit, yet this is not intended to disparage spiritual gifts. But rather that ye may prophesy. Let spiritual gifts be sought, but in seeking, desire above all the gift of prophecy.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14:1

  • I think the whole of 1 Cor 14 is telling us to desire the Gift of prophesy.
    Lately I have been thinking about the implications of the Holy Spirit giving you this gift. I believe it means the words in your mouth will be given by the same Holy Spirit. Proof of this is the word of Ezek 3: 26-27.
    The gift of prophesy demands utter surrender to God, which makes it a very hard gift to receive.
    But Jesus did this - so why not us?

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