1 Corinthians 12:22
New International Version
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

New Living Translation
In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

English Standard Version
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

Berean Study Bible
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

Berean Literal Bible
But much rather, those members of the body seeming to be weaker are necessary,

King James Bible
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

New King James Version
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

New American Standard Bible
On the contrary, it is much truer that the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

NASB 1995
On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

NASB 1977
On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

Amplified Bible
But quite the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are [absolutely] necessary;

Christian Standard Bible
On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary.

American Standard Version
Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But all the more, those members that are considered weak, on the contrary are needful.

Contemporary English Version
In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.

English Revised Version
Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary:

Good News Translation
On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The opposite is true. The parts of the body that we think are weaker are the ones we really need.

International Standard Version
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are in fact indispensable,

Literal Standard Version
But much more the members of the body seeming to be weaker are necessary,

NET Bible
On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential,

New Heart English Bible
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

Weymouth New Testament
No, it is quite otherwise. Even those parts of the body which are apparently somewhat feeble are yet indispensable;

World English Bible
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

Young's Literal Translation
But much more the members of the body which seem to be more infirm are necessary,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Body of Christ
21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you.” Nor can the head say to the feet, “I do not need you.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. And our unpresentable parts are treated with special modesty,…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:21
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I do not need you." Nor can the head say to the feet, "I do not need you."

1 Corinthians 12:23
and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. And our unpresentable parts are treated with special modesty,


Treasury of Scripture

No, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

Proverbs 14:28
In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour…

Ecclesiastes 5:9
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.









(22) Which seem to be more feeble.--The general argument of this and the following verse (without attempting to identify the particular parts of the body referred to) is that the weakest parts of the body are as necessary to the body as the strongest; and those parts which are considered less seemly are more abundantly cared for by being carefully covered with clothes, as distinguished from the face and hands which are uncovered.

Verse 22. - Are necessary. This is the point of the fable of the belly and the members.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
On the contrary,
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

the
τὰ (ta)
Article - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

parts
μέλη (melē)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3196: A bodily organ, limb, member. Of uncertain affinity; a limb or part of the body.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

body
σώματος (sōmatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 4983: Body, flesh; the body of the Church. From sozo; the body, used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.

that seem
δοκοῦντα (dokounta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1380: A prolonged form of a primary verb, doko dok'-o of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem.

to be
ὑπάρχειν (hyparchein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 5225: To begin, am, exist, be in possession. From hupo and archomai; to begin under, i.e. Come into existence; expletively, to exist (verb).

weaker
ἀσθενέστερα (asthenestera)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural - Comparative
Strong's 772: (lit: not strong), (a) weak (physically, or morally), (b) infirm, sick. Strengthless.

are
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

indispensable,
ἀναγκαῖά (anankaia)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 316: Necessary, essential, intimate, right, proper. From anagke; necessary; by implication, close.


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