New American Standard Bible
If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.
King James Bible
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
Darby Bible Translation
If the foot say, Because I am not a hand I am not of the body, is it on account of this not indeed of the body?
World English Bible
If the foot would say, "Because I'm not the hand, I'm not part of the body," it is not therefore not part of the body.
Young's Literal Translation
if the foot may say, 'Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body;' it is not, because of this, not of the body;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If the foot shall say ... - The same figure and illustration which Paul here uses occurs also in pagan writers. It occurs in the apologue which was used by Menenius Agrippa, as related by Livy (lib. 2: cap. 32), in which he attempted to repress a rebellion which had been excited against the nobles and senators, as useless and cumbersome to the state. Menenius, in order to show the folly of this, represents the different members of the body as conspiring against the stomach, as being inactive, and as refusing to labor, and consuming everything. The consequence of the conspiracy which the feet, and hands, and mouth entered into, was a universal wasting away of the whole frame for lack of the nutriment which would have been supplied from the stomach. Thus, he argued it would be by the conspiracy against the nobles, as being inactive, and as consuming all things. The representation had the desired effect, and quelled the rebellion. The same figure is used also by Aesop. The idea here is, that as the foot and the ear could not pretend that they were not parts of the body, and even not important, because they were not the eye, etc.; that is, were not more honorable parts of the body; so no Christian, however humble his endowments, could pretend that he was useless because he was not more highly gifted and did not occupy a more elevated rank.
LibraryMay the Twenty-Ninth Many Gifts --One Spirit
1 CORINTHIANS xii. 1-13. There is no monotony in the workmanship of my God. The multitude of His thoughts is like the sound of the sea, and every thought commands a new creation. When He thinks upon me, the result is a creative touch never again to be repeated on land or sea. And so, when the Holy Spirit is given to the people, the ministry does not work in the suppression of individualities, but rather in their refinement and enrichment. Our gifts will be manifold, and we must not allow the difference …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
Making and Breaking Connections.
The Government of the Church.
1 Corinthians 12:14
For the body is not one member, but many.
1 Corinthians 12:16
And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.
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