1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual Gifts

1Now a  concerning
The expression  Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians’ letter; see 7:1
spiritual gifts
Or  spiritual persons
Or  brothers and sisters
I do not want you to be uninformed.
2You know that e  when you were pagans f  you were led astray to g  mute idols, however you were led. 3Therefore I want you to understand that h  no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever saysJesus is i  accursed!” and j  no one can sayJesus is Lordexcept in the Holy Spirit.

4Now k  there are varieties of gifts, but l  the same Spirit; 5and m  there are varieties of service, but n  the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is o  the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 p  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of q  wisdom, and to another the utterance of r  knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another s  faith by the same Spirit, to another t  gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another u  the working of miracles, to another v  prophecy, to another w  the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another x  various kinds of tongues, to another y  the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit z  who apportions to each one individually aa  as he wills.

One Body with Many Members

12For just as ab  the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body ac  so it is with Christ. 13For ad  in one Spirit we were all baptized into one bodyae  Jews or Greeks, slaves
Or servants; Greek bondservants
or freeand ag  all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If 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. 16And 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. 17If 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? 18But as it is ah  God arranged the members in the body, each one of them ai  as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts,
Or members; also verse 22
yet one body.

21The 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.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and 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, 24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored ak  all rejoice together.

27Now al  you are the body of Christ and individually am  members of it. 28And an  God has appointed in the church first ao  apostles, second ap  prophets, third teachers, then aq  miracles, then ar  gifts of healing as  helping at  administrating, and au  various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But av  earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way.

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