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1 Corinthians 14:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may abound unto the edifying of the church.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek to abound for the edification of the church.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thus *ye* also, since ye are desirous of spirits, seek that ye may abound for the edification of the assembly.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So, ye, also—since ye are, envious, of spirits, unto the upbuilding of the assembly, seek to be pre-eminent.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— so also ye, since ye are earnestly desirous of spiritual gifts, for the building up of the assembly seek that ye may abound;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— So you also, forasmuch as you are zealous of spirits, seek to abound unto the edifying of the church.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Euen so ye, forasmuch as yee are zealous of spirituall [gifts], seeke that yee may excell to the edifying of the Church.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— So also you, while you are emulous of the gifts of the Spirit for the edification of the church, seek that you may excel.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— So also ye, since ye are emulous of the gifts of the Spirit for the edification of the church, seek ye to excel.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Even 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
so 3779
{3779} Prime
οὕτω
houto
{hoo'-to}
From G3778; in this way (referring to what precedes or follows).
ye, 5210
{5210} Prime
ὑμεῖς
humeis
{hoo-mice'}
Irregular plural of G4771; you (as subject of verb).
forasmuch as 1893
{1893} Prime
ἐπεί
epei
{ep-i'}
From G1909 and G1487; there upon, that is, since (of time or cause).
ye are 2075
{2075} Prime
ἐστέ
este
{es-teh'}
Second person plural present indicative of G1510; ye are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
zealous 2207
{2207} Prime
ζηλωτής
zelotes
{dzay-lo-tace'}
From G2206; a 'zealot'.
of spiritual 4151
{4151} Prime
πνεῦμα
pneuma
{pnyoo'-mah}
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit.
[gifts], seek 2212
{2212} Prime
ζητέω
zeteo
{dzay-teh'-o}
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
that 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
ye may excel 4052
{4052} Prime
περισσεύω
perisseuo
{per-is-syoo'-o}
From G4053; to superabound (in quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous; also (transitively) to cause to superabound or excel.
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
to 4314
{4314} Prime
πρός
pros
{pros}
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
edifying 3619
{3619} Prime
οἰκοδομή
oikodome
{oy-kod-om-ay'}
Feminine (abstraction) of a compound of G3624 and the base of G1430; architecture, that is, (concretely) a structure; figuratively confirmation.
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
church. 1577
{1577} Prime
ἐκκλησία
ekklesia
{ek-klay-see'-ah}
From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 14:12

_ _ zealous — emulously desirous.

_ _ spiritual gifts — literally, “spirits”; that is, emanations from the one Spirit.

_ _ seek that ye may excel to — Translate, “Seek them, that ye may abound in them to the edifying,” etc.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:6-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 14:12

(5) Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

(5) The conclusion: if they will excel in those spiritual gifts, as it is proper, they must seek the profit of the church. And therefore they must not use the gift of tongues, unless there is an interpreter to expound the strange and unknown tongue, whether it is himself that speaks, or another interpreter.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
forasmuch:

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

spiritual gifts:
Gr. spirits,
1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

seek:

1 Corinthians 14:3-4 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort. ... He that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
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- A Christian (1/5/2016 10:08:10 AM)
1 cor. 14.12 means we are to be envious of angels and seek to have lots of angel friends for the edification of the church. You see when angels become your friend you will get envious of them and want to be one too. I know cause it happened to me,
- Jesse (1/4/2016 11:05:17 AM) [qBible.com]
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