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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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1 Corinthians 12 New International Version (NIV)

Concerning Spiritual Gifts

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Love Is Indispensable

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:10 Or languages; also in verse 28
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:10 Or languages; also in verse 28
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:13 Or with; or in
  4. 1 Corinthians 12:30 Or other languages
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