Spiritual Gifts

12 Now (A)concerning[a] spiritual gifts,[b] brothers,[c] I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that (B)when you were pagans (C)you were led astray to (D)mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that (E)no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is (F)accursed!” and (G)no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Now (H)there are varieties of gifts, but (I)the same Spirit; and (J)there are varieties of service, but (K)the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is (L)the same God who empowers them all in everyone. (M)To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:1 The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians' letter; see 7:1
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:1 Or spiritual persons
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:1 Or brothers and sisters

11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, (A)who apportions to each one individually (B)as he wills.

One Body with Many Members

12 For just as (C)the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, (D)so it is with Christ. 13 For (E)in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—(F)Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and (G)all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, (H)God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, (I)as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[b] yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, (J)all rejoice together.

27 Now (K)you are the body of Christ and individually (L)members of it.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:13 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:20 Or members; also verse 22

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