Prophesies (1 Cor. 14:3)

“On the other hand,

He who prophesies

Speaks to men

For their upbuilding

And encouragement

And consolation.”

ὁ δὲ προφητεύων ἀνθρώποις λαλεῖ οἰκοδομὴν καὶ παράκλησιν καὶ παραμυθίαν.

Paul said on the other hand, he who prophesies (ὁ δὲ προφητεύων) speaks to men (ἀνθρώποις λαλεῖ) for their upbuilding (οἰκοδομὴν), their encouragement (καὶ παράκλησιν), and their consolation (καὶ παραμυθίαν).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word παραμυθίαν, that means encouragement, exhortation, comfort, or consolation.  Paul clearly preferred the spiritual charismatic gift of prophecy over the charismatic speaking in tongues.  He pointed out that other humans would be able to hear and understand the prophecy.  Thus, prophecy would build up the community of Corinth Christian believers, as well as encourage and console them.  Prophecy was a greater spiritual gift than speaking in tongues.  Do you try to build up your community?

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