Unity Yet Diversity in the Body

12 For just as the body is one(A) and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ.(B) 13 For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink.(C) 14 Indeed, the body is not one part but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted.(D) 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23 And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable,(E) we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24 which our respectable parts do not need.

Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division(F) in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ,(G) and individual members of it. 28 And God has appointed these in the church:(H) first apostles, second prophets, third teachers,(I) next miracles,(J) then gifts of healing,(K) helping, leading, various kinds of tongues.[b] 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?(L) 31 But desire(M) the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

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Footnotes

  1. 12:13 Or with, or in
  2. 12:28 languages, also in v. 30

Ministry in Galilee

14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,(A) and news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity.(B) 15 He was teaching in their synagogues,(C) being praised[a] by everyone.

Rejection at Nazareth

16 He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up.(D) As usual, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day(E) and stood up to read.(F) 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him, and unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written:

18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me[b]
to proclaim release[c] to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.[d](G)

20 He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.(H) And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.”(I)

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Footnotes

  1. 4:15 Or glorified
  2. 4:18 Other mss add to heal the brokenhearted,
  3. 4:18 Or freedom, or forgiveness
  4. 4:18–19 Is 61:1–2

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