New American Standard Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
King James Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
Darby Bible Translation
If the whole body were an eye, where the hearing? if all hearing, where the smelling?
World English Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be?
Young's Literal Translation
If the whole body were an eye, where the hearing? if the whole hearing, where the smelling?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If the whole body ... - The idea in this verse is, that all the parts of the body are useful in their proper place, and that it would be as absurd to require or expect that all the members of the church should have the same endowments, as it would be to attempt to make the body "all eye." If all were the same; if all had the same endowments, important offices which are now secured by the other members would be unknown. All, therefore, are to be satisfied with their allotment; all are to be honored in their appropriate place.
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 12:16
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.
1 Corinthians 12:18
But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.
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