Learn and be encouraged (1 Cor. 14:31)

“You can all prophesy

One by one,

So that all may learn

And all be encouraged.”

δύνασθε γὰρ καθ’ ἕνα πάντες προφητεύειν, ἵνα πάντες μανθάνωσιν καὶ πάντες παρακαλῶνται.

Paul said that you can all prophesy one by one (δύνασθε γὰρ καθ’ ἕνα πάντες προφητεύειν), so that all may learn (ἵνα πάντες μανθάνωσιν) and all be encouraged (καὶ πάντες παρακαλῶνται).  Paul indicated that it was okay for someone to deliver a prophecy, as long as all did not do so at the same time.  They should wait until the first one had finished or one by one.  The main element was not the tongue speaking, the revelation, or the prophecy, but listening, learning, and encouragement that took place within this assembly.  In other words, this was not some showy religious phenomena but an integrated attempt to build up the Christian community in Corinth.  Do you try to build your Christian community?

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