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Do not treat prophecies with contempt.
Above all, you do well if you recognize 1 this: 2 No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, 3
And we have different gifts 1 according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith.
to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy, and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside.
for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men 1 carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
(Look! I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 1
So then, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers.
I put this charge 1 before you, Timothy my child, in keeping with the prophecies once spoken about you, 2 in order that with such encouragement 3 you may fight the good fight.
Do not neglect the spiritual gift you have, 1 given to you and confirmed by prophetic words 2 when the elders laid hands on you. 3
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 1 prophecy aloud, 2 and blessed are 3 those who hear and obey 4 the things written in it, because the time is near! 5
Then 1 he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near.
And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully 1 yet will never understand, you will look closely 2 yet will never comprehend.
And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
Now, brothers and sisters, 1 if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I help you unless I speak to you with a revelation or with knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 1 in this book.
These two have the power 1 to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 2 they are prophesying. They 3 have power 4 to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want.
So 1 I threw myself down 2 at his feet to worship him, but 3 he said, “Do not do this! 4 I am only 5 a fellow servant 6 with you and your brothers 7 who hold to the testimony about 8 Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 1 and in the holy city that are described in this book.