1 Corinthians 14:1

Intelligibility in Worship

1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
ESV
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
NLT
1 Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.
MSG
1 Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it - because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth.
CSB
1 Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:1 In-Context

1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.
2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.
3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.
4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

Cross References 4

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 16:14
  • 2. ver 39; 1 Corinthians 12:31
  • 3. S 1 Corinthians 12:1
  • 4. ver 39; S Ephesians 4:11
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