Or 'desire earnestly,' as vers. 12 and 39, and ch. 12.31.
Or 'ye, unless by means of the tongue, ye,' &c. In either case 'tongue' means the language he spoke, not the organ of speech.
'Spiritual gifts,' though in sum the sense, deprives the phrase of its force here. As Gentiles, they were in danger of confounding demons' action with the Holy Spirit; and they did not adequately hold the unity of the Spirit, but looked for a spirit's power and action to distinguish themselves. The apostle was obliged to point out the difference between demons and the Holy Spirit. But the word further tends to show the reality of a personal spirit acting, though for the Christian there be but one, the Spirit of God.
Some connect this last phrase with what follows. The repetition of 'assemblies' might seem harsh in that case. But ver. 36 would perhaps tend to the opposite conclusion. It is a question of interpretation, not of translation.