1 Corinthians 14:39

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore brethren, couet to prophesie, and forbid not to speake with tongues.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So then, my brothers, let it be your chief desire to be prophets; but let no one be stopped from using tongues.
- Basic English Bible

So that, brethren, desire to prophesy, and do not forbid the speaking with tongues.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak in languages.
- Webster's Bible

The conclusion, my brethren, is this. Be earnestly ambitious to prophesy, and do not check speaking with tongues;
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking with other languages.
- World English Bible

`Therfor, britheren, loue ye to prophecie, and nyle ye forbede to speke in tungis.
- Wycliffe Bible

so that, brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and to speak with tongues do not forbid;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:39

14:39 Therefore - To sum up the whole.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:39

1Co 14:39 Wherefore brethren, covet to prophesy. The apostle concludes this section of church order by again commending prophecy as the chief gift, and enjoining order in the church exercises.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14:39

  • I believe tongues have ceased. But not only tongues, but that now all prophecies from man "fail " and all knowledge has "vanished away " because that which is perfect, "the Wprd of God " which God has "magnified above all His Name " and which endureth forever. Though heaven and earth, prophecies, tongues, and knowledge of sinful men, and corrupt minds,shall pass away. The Word is the fulness of prophecy, the final tongue, fulness of knowledge. For the law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, the Word Who became flesh, and of His fulness have we all received. And grace for grace.
  • Melchor tejero for verse 39
    if we truly believe the works of the holy spirit we proved that god is in us. for all the goodness God given us, we are free man in the dessert but yet we are reminded of what is wrong and right to decide what is pleasing in to his sight.
  • I don't understand it. It right or not to speak in tongues. I thought it was right but the way I am seeing this verse, it says it's not right to speak in tongues. What are they saying? Is there a difference between speaking with and/or in tongues? I am confused now. Please help as I am learning the Bible and want to know what I am learning is the truth. Thank you.
  • There are 2 different uses of tongues. One is a prayer language and the other is a gift that should have interpretation to follow if done in the church Ephesians 14:2, 4. Verse 18, Paul says, "I thank God, I speak with tongues more than ye all." Tongues were for a sign of receiving the Holy Ghost. It has NEVER been done away with. If this is the belief, then where is "That which is perfect"? Ephesians 13:9 clearly says, "For now we know in PART and we prophecy in PART, But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away". I personally know that I do not know God as I am known by Him...yet! That which is perfect, is The perfect love that we must have for all Godís creation. We are still very divided in our beliefs and that tells me that which is "perfect" has certainly not come yet. I would suggest a word study on the word "perfect" in the King James Bible; of course, to find out what God means by perfect and perfection. We are NOT yet there and we have a long way to go.
  • James gradnigo for verse 39
    It is not what I think of 1 Corinthians 14:39, but what the Bible says about it. God's written word tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:8 that tongues would cease because it was no longer needed after God's word was completed. Tongues were for unbelievers (unbelieving Israel). Tongues ceased with the completion the written Scripture. The extensive evidence of church history and the effects of tongues on human experience; the emotional extremism, the doctrinal ignorance and confusion, the divisive nature tongues, represent the pride and empty conceit generated by erratic unscriptural experience. All these point to the truth of Paul's inspired Word; tongues shall cease (1 Cor. 13:8).

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