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But when someone prophesies, he speaks to encourage people, to build them up, and to bring them comfort.[a]

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  1. 1 Corinthians 14:3 The Greek word paramythia (a hapax legomenon) could also be translated “soothing, calming speech” or “affirmation.” Paul does not describe prophecy here as predictive, but as influential to advance the spiritual welfare of the body.