New American Standard Bible
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,
King James Bible
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Darby Bible Translation
For, as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office;
World English Bible
For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don't have the same function,
Young's Literal Translation
for as in one body we have many members, and all the members have not the same office,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For - This word here denotes a further illustration or proof of what he had just before said. The duty to which he was exhorting the Romans was, not to be unduly exalted or elevated in their own estimation. In order to produce proper humility, he shows them that God has appointed certain orders or grades in the church; that all are useful in their proper place; that we should seek to discharge our duty in our appropriate sphere; and thus that due subordination and order would be observed. To show this, he introduces a beautiful comparison drawn from the human body. There are various members in the human frame; all useful and honorable in their proper place; and all designed to promote the order, and beauty, and harmony of the whole. So the church is one body, consisting of many members, and each is suited to be useful and comely in its proper place. The same comparison he uses with great beauty and force in 1Co. 12:4-31; also Ephesians 4:25; Ephesians 5:30. In that chapter the comparison is carried out to much greater length, and its influence shown with great force.
Many members - Limbs, or parts; feet, hands, eyes, ears, etc.; 1 Corinthians 12:14-15.
In one body - Constituting one body; or united in one, and making one person. Essential to the existence, beauty, and happiness of the one body or person.
The same office - The same use or design; not all appointed for the same thing; one is to see, another to hear, a third to walk with, etc.; 1 Corinthians 12:14-23.
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1 Corinthians 12:12
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
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