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1 Corinthians 12:12-25 (New International Version)

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One Body, Many Parts

12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.1 So it is with Christ.2 13 For we were all baptized3 bya one Spirit4 into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free5--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.6 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.7 15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be 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 cease to be 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 arranged8 the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.9 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.10 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 combined the members of the body and has given 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.
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