1 Corinthians 12
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1Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this.1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.
2You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols.2You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.
3So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
4There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
5There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
6God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
7A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
8To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice ; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,
9The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
10He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
11It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. One Body with Many Parts11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
12The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
13Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.14For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
15If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
16And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
17If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
18But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
19How strange a body would be if it had only one part!19If all were a single member, where would the body be?
20Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.20As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
22In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,23and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
24while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
25This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
26If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
28Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.
29Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles?29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
31So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.31But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
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