1 Corinthians 14:1-24
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.…
In the town of Goslar, in the Hartz mountains, there is a fountain in the principal square. It is evidently very ancient, and it is very beautiful. There is, however, one defect in it. Both the jets and the basin into which the water falls are above the reach of any one. The way the people have to get the water from the fountain is for each one to bring a long spout or pipe with him. This he puts up to a jet and the water runs through it into his pitcher. It seems never to have occurred to the townspeople that it would be a good thing to attach a pipe permanently to the fountain for general use. Some preachers talk in so lofty a style that their hearers need to bring a dictionary with them if they are to get any of the water of life from the sermon. They do not seek to find "acceptable" words, hence their preaching fails to edify.
Parallel VersesKJV: Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.