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1 Corinthians 14:39 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak in languages.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— So that, brethren, desire to prophesy, and do not forbid the speaking with tongues.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So, then, my brethren,—be zealous to prophesy, and do not forbid, to be speaking with tongues;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— so that, brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and to speak with tongues do not forbid;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Wherefore, brethren, be zealous to prophesy: and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Wherefore brethren, couet to prophesie, and forbid not to speake with tongues.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Be emulous, therefore, my brethren, to prophesy, and to speak with tongues forbid not;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Wherefore, my brethren, be emulous of prophesying: and to speak with tongues, prohibit not.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Wherefore, 5620
{5620} Prime
ὥστε
hoste
{hoce'-teh}
From G5613 and G5037; so too, that is, thus therefore (in various relations of consecution, as shown).
brethren, 80
{0080} Prime
ἀδελφός
adelphos
{ad-el-fos'}
From G0001 (as a connective particle) and δελφύς [[delphus]] (the womb); a brother (literally or figuratively) near or remote (much like [H0001]).
covet 2206
{2206} Prime
ζηλόω
zeloo
{dzay-lo'-o}
From G2205; to have warmth of feeling for or against.
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
to prophesy, 4395
{4395} Prime
προφητεύω
propheteuo
{prof-ate-yoo'-o}
From G4396; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office.
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
and 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.
forbid 2967
{2967} Prime
κωλύω
koluo
{ko-loo'-o}
From the base of G2849; to estop, that is, prevent (by word or act).
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
not 3361
{3361} Prime
μή
me
{may}
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
to speak 2980
{2980} Prime
λαλέω
laleo
{lal-eh'-o}
A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words.
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
with tongues. 1100
{1100} Prime
γλῶσσα
glossa
{gloce-sah'}
Of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication a language (specifically one naturally unacquired).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 14:39

_ _ covet — earnestly desire. Stronger than “forbid not”; marking how much higher he esteemed “prophecy” than “tongues.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:36-40.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 14:39

Therefore — To sum up the whole.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 14:39

(18) Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

(18) Prophecy ought certainly to be retained and kept in congregations, and the gift of tongues is not to be forbidden, but all things must be done orderly.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
covet:

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
1 Corinthians 14:24-25 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or [one] unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: ... And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on [his] face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Thessalonians 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.
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