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1 Corinthians 12 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

The diversity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are given for the comfort and edifying of one another, as the members of a person’s body serve one another.

12 In spiritual things, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. You know that you were Gentiles, and went your ways to dumb idols even as you were led. Therefore I tell you that no one speaking in the Spirit of God repudiates Jesus. Also, no one can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Spirit.

There are different gifts indeed, yet but one Spirit. And there are different offices, and yet but one Lord. And there are different works, and yet but one God, who works all things that are wrought in all creatures. The gifts of the Spirit are given to each person to profit the congregation. To one is given, through the Spirit, the utterance of wisdom. To another is given the utterance of knowledge by the same Spirit. To another is given faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit, 10 to another power to do miracles, to another prophecy, to another judgment of spirits, to another divers tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 And the very same Spirit works all these, giving to each person particular gifts as he so wills.

12 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of a body, though they be many, yet are but one body, even so is Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we are all baptized to make one body – whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free – and we have all drunk of one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many.

15 If the foot were to say, I am not the hand, therefore I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear said, I am not the eye, therefore I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? 17 If all the body were an eye, where would the ear be? If all were hearing, where would the smelling be? 18 But now God has set the members, every one of them, in the body at his own pleasure. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 Now there are many members, and yet but one body. 21 And the 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. 22 Yea rather, to a great extent those members of the body that seem to be most feeble, are most necessary. 23 And those members of the body that we think least presentable, we clothe with more respectability, and our unattractive parts with more beauty. 24 For our respectable members do not need it. But God has thus disposed the body, and has given more honour to that part which lacked, 25 lest there should be any schism in the body, but so that the members will care impartially for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all suffer with him; if one member is had in honour, all members are glad also. 27 You are the body of Christ, and members of one another.

28 And God has also set in the congregation, first the apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, then those who do miracles; after that are the gifts of healing, helpers, managers, diversity of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Covet the best gifts. And yet, I show you a more excellent way.

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