Does this true gift come into view in the Corinthian assemblies? Follow after charity] διωκετε, follow it hot-foot, as they say; pursue and practise it. Ex. 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. Vv. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-5 1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2. Desire zealously this (prophecy) more than any other spiritual gift; or in preference to “tongues” (1 Corinthians 14:2, etc.) The interpretation of particular passages must, therefore, be controlled by these facts. 442-44. It reminds us constantly of our dependence on God. Значит, коринфяне будут хорошо и правильно использовать духовные дары, если между ними станет процветать любовь. 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. N.T. Yes, but only to the extent that it had been perverted by dragging it into the public worship. 8:1; 12:1; 16:1). is preferred before speaking with tongues. For the prime example of this, see under Mark 16:18 in the Gospel of Mark, and comment in my Commentary on Mark, pp. 4. I Corinthians 14:10-17 Tongues Must Be Interpreted. The gift of tongues, however, as it was the most striking and remarkable, and probably the most rare, was most highly prized and coveted. But love opens the true way to everything else! This more excellent way "bears, believes, hopes and endures all things" ( 1 Corinthians 13:7). Superiority of Prophecy over Tongues. (3) In the primitive church there was liberty for the ministry of all the gifts which might be present, but for prophecy more especially 1 Corinthians 14:23-26; 1 Corinthians 14:31; 1 Corinthians 14:39. If they came together, each speaking in an unknown tongue, the effect would be only evil. It is more than to desire or to be zealous of a thing, as it follows in the next words, ζηλουτε, "Be zealous of spiritual gifts." Instead of follow, we may read, pursue. ревнуйте о дарах духовных Любовь не мешает проявлениям духовных даров. For though the former species of prophesying, by prediction of future things, when the truth of it was justified by such prophecies’ accomplishment, was of great use to confirm the doctrine of the gospel; yet the latter was of greater and more general use for the good of others, which makes the apostle put them upon the coveting and earnest desire of that faculty or ability, because, of all others, it made them most eminently and generally useful to others, as well those within the church, as those without; and this the apostle expoundeth himself, 1 Corinthians 14:3. Desire may be defined as "a human emotion which leads to action" (CBL, GED, 3:25). The whole chapter presupposes this and at times this is explicitly spelled out. For the use of , cf. “Follow after the Divine love, and seek earnestly the spiritual gifts but that you prophecy.” The love parenthesis having been interjected in the middle of the grand exposition of spiritual gifts, as a profitable reminder of the transcendent importance of the graces, even surpassing that of the gifts, he now resumes the disquisition on the gifts, exhorting us to run after the Divine love, because we are bound to have it or lose our own soul, but at the same time to “covet earnestly” the spiritual gifts, that we may be able to stand on the battlefield victoriously, and at the same time win others for God; and not only make sure of Heaven, but when we get there not be empty handed. By the above title is meant the counterfeit, faked and pretended gift of tongues. For this reason they were ready to put the gift of speaking in tongues above that of prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual {gifts}, but rather that ye may prophesy. Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 1 Corinthians 14:1. 1 Corinthians 14:1. διώκετε, follow after) This word implies more than ζηλοῦτε, emulously desire, here, and in 1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Corinthians 14:39; 1 Corinthians 12:31.— μᾶλλον, rather) in preference to tongues. Yet the communications of the prophets were always in the vernacular tongue, and were always in intelligible language, and in this respect different from the endowments of those who spoke foreign languages. Furthermore, as discussed in the commentary on12:11, the Holy Spirit apparently determined that some Christians would receive only one gift. ΄ᾶλλον δὲ ἵνα προφ., which is not to be read as a subordinate clause (Hofmann), represents and defines more closely the phrase τὰ χαρίσματα τὰ κρείττονα, 1 Corinthians 12:31. was written, new revelations suited to the new dispensation were given 1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Corinthians 14:30. Let them go on walking firmly in the path of love, and let them also go on earnestly desiring what is spiritual, including the gracious gifts of God he has described, in order that they may be used in love. Modern preaching is its successor, without the inspiration. It imports a most earnest, vigorous, and vehement pursuit. Spiritual gifts—Which are for the few, and are transient. 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. By an appeal to their own judgment and experience. Итак, Павел придерживается наилучшего правила, не отвергая ничего полезного, но, при этом, увещевая коринфян не предпочитать из-за порочной зависти меньшего большему. In the first twenty-five verses Paul demonstrated the superiority of prophecy over tongue speaking. The answer lies in the nature of God's salvation. [1] S. Lewis Johnson, Jr., Wycliffe Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1971), p. 634. Transition from the parenthetical matter of the last chapter to the subject about to be resumed. He has spoken enthusiastically in praise of the superiority of love as the greatest amongst graces, and of all graces as superior to all gifts; but still, though we are to “do this,” we are not to leave the other undone. And so esteem those things as most excellent which profit the greater part of men (such as prophecy, that is to say, the gift of teaching and applying the doctrine: which was condemned in respect of other gifts, although it is the chiefest and most necessary for the Church) and not those who for a show seem to be marvellous, as the gifts of tongues. The God I Never Knew. In fact, this word could be translated "earnestly follow." But why should we seek that which is in the sovereign hands of God? The preceding chapter is parenthetical, and the Apostle here returns to the subject with which he had been immediately occupied before he branched off into that great Psalm of Love. "that ye may prophesy"-Inspired preaching in the language of your audience. λ.] (1 Corinthians 14:39) "But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." 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. Why among these gifts, all desirable, does prophecy occupy the first rank? It is the conviction of this writer that nothing in the history of the church has been any more misunderstood than this chapter. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual, in a higher degree, however, than for the other gifts of the Spirit. He points out the great Advantage of ministering in the congregation in a Language suited to the Hearers. 1 Corinthians 14:1 King James Version (KJV). To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Prophētēs), that the prophets were distinguished from the teachers (, didaskaloi), “in that, while the latter spoke in a calm, connected, didactic discourse adapted to instruct and enlighten the hearers, the prophet spoke more from the impulse of sudden inspiration, from the light of a sudden revelation at the moment (. 1. As if a veritable chase. The series of contrasts in 1 Cor 14:2–5 discloses the problem at Corinth: a disproportionate interest in tongues, with a corresponding failure to appreciate the worth of prophecy. 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. 2 You know that n when you were pagans o you were led astray to p mute idols , however you were led . more for this than for others[; chiefly]) that ye may prophesy (sc. Follow after charity - as your chief aim, seeing it is "the greatest" (1 Corinthians 13:13). 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 Rules for the orderly exercise of spiritual gifts in. 1 Corinthians 14:12-20 All gifts should be referred to edification. The ASV translates this "earnestly desire" and the KJV simply says "desire." (Fee p. 654). * [14:1–5] 1 Cor 14:1b returns to the thought of 1 Cor 12:31a and reveals Paul’s primary concern. ), on the right hand of power (Mk. The person whom the Holy Spirit leads, acts in love. Covet, therefore, spiritual gifts —that is, “Neglect no gift, for I exhort you to seek after them all, provided only prophecy holds the first place.”. They would naturally, perhaps, most highly prize the power of working miracles and of speaking foreign languages. Our modern preaching is the successor of prophecy, but without the inspiration. Follow after charity — as your first and chief aim, seeing that it is “the greatest” (1 Corinthians 13:13). They are under His sovereign control and yet we are to seek them, not demandingly, but gratefully, because we seek the good of all. Yet the communications of the prophets were always in the vernacular tongue, and were always in intelligible language, and in this respect different from the endowments of those who spoke foreign languages. 1 Corinthians 14:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Corinthians 14:34, NIV: "Women should remain silent in the churches.They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says." Because love is more important than miraculous gifts, it does not follow that the latter were not to be sought. Instead of ἵνα, that, Paul might have put simply: "Especially desire prophecy." Striving for love does not mean forgetting everything else. 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 ). Farther, possessing that gift in the manner of an habit which they could exercise at pleasure, they were exceedingly fond of shewing it in the public assemblies, by speaking often and long in foreign languages, without regarding whether their hearers understood them or not. Follow after charity - Pursue love 1 Corinthians 13:1; that is, earnestly desire it; strive to possess it; make it the object of your anxious and constant solicitude to obtain it, and to be influenced by it always. The N.T. [3] William Barclay, The Letters to the Corinthians (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1954), p. 142. Each is geared well for its own job." It was as a judgment that God sent among them teachers whom they could not understand. 1Co 14:1-25. For though the former species of prophesying, by prediction of future things, when the truth of it was justified by such prophecies’ accomplishment, was of great use to confirm the doctrine of the gospel; yet the latter was of greater and more general use for the good of others, which makes the apostle put them upon the coveting and earnest desire of that faculty or ability, because, of all others, it made them most eminently and generally useful to others, as well those within the church, as those without; and this the apostle expoundeth himself, 1 Corinthians 14:3. and desire spiritual gifts: for though he had given charity the preference to them, he did not mean that they should despise and neglect them, or treat them with indifference, and be unconcerned about them; but, on the other hand, that they should be very zealous for them, ambitious of them, and earnestly covet them; since being rightly used and kept in their proper place, they were greatly beneficial and profitable to the churches of Christ, and the glory of God: but rather that ye may prophesy: of all the gifts of the Spirit, the apostle prefers prophesying, and recommends this to the Corinthians, as what they should be chiefly desirous of, and more desirous of than of speaking with tongues, which many among them were so very fond of: by which he means, not so much the gift of foretelling future events, though there was such a gift bestowed on some persons in those times, and, in certain cases, was very profitable to the churches; but a gift of preaching the word, or explaining the prophecies of the Old Testament, and of praying and singing of psalms, all which, as appears from some following parts of this chapter, were included in it; and that not in an ordinary, but in an extraordinary way; a person possessed of this gift could at once, without the use of means, or help of study, preach the word, and open the more difficult parts of Scripture; he had an extraordinary gift of prayer, which he could make use of when he pleased, and at once compose and deliver out a psalm, or hymn, in the public congregation. 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