1 Corinthians 12:16
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New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

Darby Bible Translation
And if the ear say, Because I am not an eye I am not of the body, is it on account of this not indeed of the body?

World English Bible
If the ear would say, "Because I'm not the eye, I'm not part of the body," it's not therefore not part of the body.

Young's Literal Translation
and if the ear may say, 'Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body;' it is not, because of this, not of the body?

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May 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.
Many Experiences, but One Law. In mechanics power depends on good connections. A visit to any great machine shop makes that clear. There must be good connections in two directions--inward toward the source of power, and outward for use. The same law holds true in spiritual power as in mechanical. There must be good connections. These nights we have been together a few things have seemed clear. We have seen that from the standpoint of our lives there is need of power, as well as from the standpoint
S.D. Gordon—Quiet Talks on Power

The Government of the Church.
"No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."--1 Cor. xii. 3. The last work of the Holy Spirit in the Church has reference to government. The Church is a divine institution. It is the body of Christ, even tho manifesting itself in a most defective way; for as the man whose speech is affected by a stroke of paralysis is the same friendly person as before, in spite of the defect, so is the Church, whose speech is impaired, still the same holy body of Christ. The visible and invisible
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Spiritual Gifts.
"But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And a still more excellent way show I unto you." --1 Cor. xii. 31 (R.V.). The charismata or spiritual gifts are the divinely ordained means and powers whereby the King enables His Church to perform its task on the earth. The Church has a calling in the world. It is being violently attacked not only by the powers of this world, but much more by the invisible powers of Satan. No rest is allowed. Denying that Christ has conquered, Satan believes that the time
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:15
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.

1 Corinthians 12:17
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

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