For himself, the apostle says, although more richly endowed with the gift of tongues than any of his readers, he would rather speak five words so as to be understood, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue, 1 Corinthians 14:18, 1 Corinthians 14:19. (5) These injunctions are declared to be "the commandments of the Lord" 1 Corinthians 14:36; 1 Corinthians 14:37. That is, they were not most earnestly and especially to desire to be able to speak foreign languages or to work miracles; but they were to desire to be qualified to speak in a manner that would be edifying to the church. Furthermore, Paul allowed that when an interpreter was present, along with other prescribed conditions, the gift at Corinth might properly be used (1 Corinthians 14:27). But to true evangelical faith nothing is impossible. 1 Corinthians 14:21,22 Tongues are of use for the conviction of unbelievers. Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. Because love is more important than miraculous gifts, it does not follow that the latter were not to be sought. "but rather"-"and above all" (NEB); "and especially" (Gspd). 1 Corinthians 14:23-25 but in the assemblies of the church prophecy is more useful. 2. but rather — “but chiefly that ye may prophesy” (speak and exhort under inspiration) (Proverbs 29:18; Acts 13:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:20), whether as to future events, that is, strict prophecy, or explaining obscure parts of Scripture, especially the prophetical Scriptures or illustrating and setting forth questions of Christian doctrine and practice. The ‘previous’ letter. Furthermore, as discussed in the commentary on12:11, the Holy Spirit apparently determined that some Christians would receive only one gift. And as what is intelligible is evidently superior, with a view to edification, to what is not so, he concludes without hesitation for the superiority of prophecy, and even for the exclusion of glossolalia, unless there be some way of rendering it intelligible. Superiority of the gift of prophecy to that of tongues, vv. Because the Corinthians did not have a completed New Testament, they were encouraged to seek spiritual gifts (see again the commentary on 1 Corinthians 13:8-13). Many commentators believe that the LEGITIMATE gift of tongues at Corinth was no different from what it was on Pentecost; and there is a considerable weight of evidence to support this. That the word tongues in this connection, as already proved, means languages. 2. This more excellent way "bears, believes, hopes and endures all things" ( 1 Corinthians 13:7). (2) Tongues and the sign gifts are to cease, and meantime must be used with restraint, and only if an interpreter be present 1 Corinthians 14:1-19; 1 Corinthians 14:27; 1 Corinthians 14:28. Charity has the precedency and pre-eminency; the apostle not only prefers it before all other gifts, but before the most useful and excellent graces, even faith and hope; for service and benefit to the church of God, it exceeds them all. The general rule is this: Every one should seek, above all, the gifts most fitted to contribute to the common good. The ASV translates this "earnestly desire" and the KJV simply says "desire." On the consideration that he who speaks with tongues speaks to God, whereas, he who prophesies, speaks to men, 1 Corinthians 14:2, 1 Corinthians 14:3. the gift of speaking as the organ of the Spirit in a manner adapted to instruct and edify the hearer. One can only be amazed at the near-universal acceptance of the idea that what those Corinthians were doing was actually CAUSED by the Holy Spirit! Pursue after Love (let it be your great aim,—important and enduring as that grace has been shewn to be): meantime however (during that pursuit; making that the first thing, take up this as a second) strive for spiritual gifts [see note on ch. And desire Translate 'Yet (as a secondary aim) desire zealously spiritual gifts with prayer and in And desire. No! Ревнуйте о дарах духовных (ревнуйте о духовных). He could speak, or be silent, 1 Corinthians 14:28. The word "spiritual" (pneumatikos) is in the original text, but the word "gifts" is not (in the ASV gifts is italicized). Follow after charity, and desire spiritual, in a higher degree, however, than for the other gifts of the Spirit. Vv. The evident relation between our verse and that does not allow us to restrict the meaning of πνευματικά (spiritual gifts), as Rückert, Ewald, etc., have done, to glossolalia. One of the especially interesting words in this opening verse is "follow" (dioko), a present tense verb. (1 Corinthians 14:1), Follow after love ... seems to connect with what was said in 1 Corinthians 13. Follow after love (διωκετε την αγαπην — diōkete tēn agapēn). This encouragement, however, came with some guidelines (rules). He simply did not wish to say anything that would discourage those souls who had indeed received of God the private gift of tongues for their encouragement. And fancying themselves the most honourable of all the spiritual men, because their gift was habitual, they claimed the privilege of speaking in the public assemblies preferably to others; whereby some who were better qualified to edify the church, were often obliged to be silent.". On the phrase “spiritual gifts,” see the note at 1 Corinthians 12:1. signifies to prosecute to its goal (1 Corinthians 13:13) a course on which one has entered. 1.] 1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. It has been produced by people who earnestly desire to do it, and who have been led to believe it is Scriptural because of the inaccurate and misleading words in many of the "translations" of the New Testament in vogue today. In fact, this word could be translated "earnestly follow." 1 Corinthians 12:1], but more (more than πν. On the meaning of the word "prophesy," see the note at Romans 11:6. Today Christians must still pursue love as well as seek a close acquaintance with what has replaced them (the New Testament). Yes, but only to the extent that it had been perverted by dragging it into the public worship. And desire spiritual gifts - I do not forbid you, while you make the possession of love your great object, and while you do not make the desire of spiritual gifts the occasion of envy or strife, to desire the miraculous endowments of the Spirit and to seek to excel in those endowments which he imparts; see the note at 1 Corinthians 12:31. The subject is still the pneumatika. ’ , 5) differs from by making the object distinctly an aim: in striving after the charisms, Prophecy is to be set highest and to control the rest. 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It is wholly God's free gift and wrought by God and yet men are to seek it and respond to it because that is the human side of the way in which God does things. more for this than for others[; chiefly]) that ye may prophesy (sc. (Challoner) --- To prophesy, in its proper signification, is to foretell things to come: it sometimes is to expound the obscure places in other prophets; and sometimes it is to preach the word of God. The general subject of the first part of this chapter (1Corinthians 14:1-25) is the Gift of Tongues, and is thus dealt with:— I.PROPHECY IS SUPERIOR TO THE GIFT OF TONGUES ( 1Corinthians 14:2-11 ) Because (1)Tongues are the means of communion between the individual and God, whereas prophecy is communion with other men ( 1Corinthians 14:2-3 ). 699-708). And after Paul has thus established this normative principle as to seeking after the better gifts of the Spirit, he can now enter upon the latter themselves more in detai. The apostle does not mean to say that prophecy is to be preferred to love or charity; but that, of the spiritual gifts which it was proper for them to desire and seek, prophecy was the most valuable. Desire spiritual gifts - Ye are very intent on getting those splendid gifts which may add to your worldly consequence, and please your carnal minds - but labor rather to get the gifts of God's Spirit, by which ye may grow in grace, and be useful to others - and particularly desire that ye may prophesy - that ye may be able to teach and instruct others in the things of their salvation. Finding A Treasure. 363-367. 3. Observe, 2. Desire zealously this (prophecy) more than any other spiritual gift, especially in preference to "tongues," (1 Corinthians 14:2, etc.). 14 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. Secondly, the Corinthians had written a letter to Paul asking various questions which had been in their minds (1 Corinthians 7:1; compare chap. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, &c.— Or, pursue, &c. St. Paul,in this chapter, concludes his answer to the Corinthians concerning spiritual men and their gifts; and having told them that those were most to be preferred which tended most to edification, and particularly shewn that prophesy was to be preferred to tongues, he gave them directions for the decent, orderly, and profitable exercise of their gifts in their assemblies. The same truth might be spoken by both; the influence of the Spirit was equally necessary in both; both were inspired; and both answered important ends in the establishment and edification of the church. 1 Corinthians 14:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Corinthians 14:1, NIV: "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy." The wide variety of spiritual matters being discussed in 1 Corinthians 12-14 dictates that “matters” or “things” be supplied to complete the sense of pneumatikos in 1 Corinthians 12:1; 14:1, etc. Follow after love — With zeal, vigour, courage, patience; else you can neither attain nor keep it. Some think, by foretelling things to come; but that is not very probable, such an ability of prophesying being given but to few under the New Testament: it is therefore more probable, that he speaketh of an ability to open the Scriptures, either by immediate revelation, (as to which they could use no means but prayer and a holy life), or by ordinary meditation, and study of the Scriptures. to press towards it, as men do towards the goal in a race, Philippians 3:12, Philippians 3:14. Дабы коринфяне не возразили, что презирать дары Божии значит оскорблять Бога, апостол упреждает эту мысль и свидетельствует: у него нет намерения отваживать их даже от тех даров, которыми они злоупотребляли. pneumatikos. As noted in the commentary on, the Holy Spirit "distributed" gifts to specific people, so the Corinthians could not control what gifts they received. "This clause belongs to the preceding chapter."[5]. Ревность о них, в данном контексте, следует понимать как коллективное и верное служение Ему, а не личное стремление получить тот дар, которого нет у другого. Striving for love does not mean forgetting everything else. Pursue it earnestly as the greatest good. In Classical Greek follow described chasing or hunting someone or something. They will, therefore, regulate themselves with propriety in the use of gifts, if love prevails among them. 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