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

  • A disciple
    "Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks shall be a barbarian unto me." The Lord gave four examples of the kinds of hearts men have with respect to hearing and receiving His Word. The examples all came out of the individuals' own making of what kind they would be; for God's will is clearly for ALL of them to have been saved.
  • A disciple
    Wayne; God commanded the woman to be under obedience and subjection to her husband in Genesis 3:15 directly after pronouncing to the serpent his eternal condemnation and the breaking of his head by the coming of Christ. The Western Churches are in disobedience to this Word because of rebellious worldly influences and thinking they're above such things, thus opening the door to more and more evil.
  • Wayne
    While the woman preacher was in full control and full authority, all things were done in an orderly manner. Also decent manner. That's quite a broad statement about most western churches. Unless you've visited most western churches.
  • Steve morrow
    5:43 I AM COME IN MY FATHERS NAME AND --- YOU RECEIVE ME NOT --- IF ANOTHER SHALL COME IN HIS OWN NAME HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE JOHN 14:15 ---IF YOU LOVE ME---KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS 1 CORINTHIANS 16:22 IF ANY MAN LOVE NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LET HIM BE ANATHEMA MARANATHA ACTS 20:30 ALSO OF YOUR OWN SELVES SHALL MEN ARISE SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS TO DRAW AWAY DISCIPLES AFTER THEM
  • A disciple
    The Law for the women to keep silence and be obedient was commanded by the LORD God in Eden because of the woman's being beguiled by the devil. All things decently and in order, is the right way for Christians to conduct themselves; both at home and their usual surroundings, and in Assembly. Most all of the Western Churches however have abandoned modesty and orderly conduct for worldly influences.
  • Wayne
    Had a woman preacher in a church on west coast who lead the congregation for 20 years. Highly respected and loved by all.

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