1 Corinthians 12:31
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

King James Bible
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

American Standard Version
But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent way show I unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be zealous for the better gifts. And I shew unto you yet a more excellent way.

English Revised Version
But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And a still more excellent way shew I unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But covet earnestly the best gifts. And yet I show to you a more excellent way.

Weymouth New Testament
But always seek to excel in the greater gifts. And now I will point out to you a way of life which transcends all others.

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Vincent's Word Studies

The best (τὰ κρείττονα)

The correct reading is τὰ μείζονα the greater. So Rev.

Yet (ἔτι)

Some construe with more excellent, rendering yet more excellent. So Rev. Others render moreover, and give the succeeding words a superlative force: "and moreover a most excellent way," etc. See on with excellency, 1 Corinthians 2:1.


To attain the higher gifts. The way of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. "Love is the fairest and best in himself, and the cause of what is fairest and best in all other things" (Plato, "Symposium," 197).

1 Corinthians 12:31 Parallel Commentaries

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1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.

1 Corinthians 14:1,39 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy...

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.


1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.


Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord...

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous...

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