1 Corinthians 14:3
New International Version
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

New Living Translation
But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.

English Standard Version
On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.

Berean Study Bible
But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, encouragement, and comfort.

Berean Literal Bible
But the one prophesying speaks to men for edification and encouragement and consolation.

New American Standard Bible
But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

New King James Version
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

King James Bible
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Christian Standard Bible
On the other hand, the person who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation.

Contemporary English Version
But when you prophesy, you will be understood, and others will be helped. They will be encouraged and made to feel better.

Good News Translation
But those who proclaim God's message speak to people and give them help, encouragement, and comfort.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation.

International Standard Version
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding, encouragement, and comfort.

NET Bible
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation.

New Heart English Bible
But he who prophesies speaks to people for their encouragement, strengthening, and comfort.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who prophesies speaks edification, encouragement and comfort to children of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But when a person speaks what God has revealed, he speaks to people to help them grow, to encourage them, and to comfort them.

New American Standard 1977
But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that prophesies speaks unto men for edification and exhortation and comfort.

King James 2000 Bible
But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

American King James Version
But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

American Standard Version
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men unto edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Darby Bible Translation
But he that prophesies speaks to men [in] edification, and encouragement, and consolation.

English Revised Version
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and comfort, and consolation.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Weymouth New Testament
But he who prophesies speaks to men words of edification, encouragement and comfort.

World English Bible
But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who is prophesying to men doth speak edification, and exhortation, and comfort;
Study Bible
Prophecy and Tongues
2For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, encouragement, and comfort. 4The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.…
Cross References
Acts 4:36
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (meaning Son of Encouragement),

Romans 14:19
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

1 Corinthians 14:5
I wish that all of you could speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

1 Corinthians 14:12
It is the same with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, strive to excel in gifts that build up the church.

Treasury of Scripture

But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4,12,26
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church…

1 Corinthians 8:1
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

exhortation.

Luke 3:18
And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.

Acts 13:15
And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

Acts 14:22
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:31
For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 2:7
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

he who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

prophesies
προφητεύων (prophēteuōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4395: From prophetes; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office.

speaks
λαλεῖ (lalei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

to men
ἀνθρώποις (anthrōpois)
Noun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

[for their] edification,
οἰκοδομὴν (oikodomēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3619: Feminine of a compound of oikos and the base of doma; architecture, i.e. a structure; figuratively, confirmation.

encouragement,
παράκλησιν (paraklēsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3874: From parakaleo; imploration, hortation, solace.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

comfort.
παραμυθίαν (paramythian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3889: Encouragement, comfort, consolation, exhortation. From paramutheomai; consolation.
(3) Edification, and exhortation, and comfort.--They communed with God by the speaking with tongues; they communed with the brethren by prophecy--building up, stirring up, cheering up, as each required.

Verse 3. - To edification, and exhortation, and comfort. The "to" should be omitted. His words build up the Christian soul, by rousing its efforts and consoling its sorrows. The "Son of prophecy" (Barnabas) is, as Stanley points out, also "a Son of consolation" (Acts 4:36). "Support" (paraklesis) involves "comfort," i.e. strength and calm. 14:1-5 Prophesying, that is, explaining Scripture, is compared with speaking with tongues. This drew attention, more than the plain interpretation of Scripture; it gratified pride more, but promoted the purposes of Christian charity less; it would not equally do good to the souls of men. What cannot be understood, never can edify. No advantage can be reaped from the most excellent discourses, if delivered in language such as the hearers cannot speak or understand. Every ability or possession is valuable in proportion to its usefulness. Even fervent, spiritual affection must be governed by the exercise of the understanding, else men will disgrace the truths they profess to promote.
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