1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1

Note: just noticed that the last verse of 1 Cor 12 and the first verse of ch 14 are linked through inversion. The “best gifts” are explained in ch 14 as the gifts of prophecy which edify through teaching. The “more excellent way” is the subject of ch 13 – love. Ch 14 whilst endorsing the priority of love as in ch 13 returns to the issue of the role of tongues in the ecclesia in those days and the necessity for understanding the revelation if there was to be spiritual benefit for the ecclesia.

1 Corinthians 12:31

A.  But covet earnestly (zeloo)  the best gifts:

B. and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. {charity]

1 Corinthians 14:1

B’. Follow after charity,

A’. and desire  (zeloo) spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

One thought on “1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1”

  1. What do you think of this?

    1 Cor. 12 Concerning spiritual gifts
    1 Cor. 13 The more excellent way (charity/love)
    1 Cor. 14 Desiring spiritual gifts

    Showing that in Paul’s day, it was desirable to have spirit gifts, but that even those without those gifts could honor God even more by their acts of love.

    Thank you for the very helpful website.

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