1 Corinthians 12 (Lexham English Bible)

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Varieties of Spiritual Gifts

1 Now concerning spiritual [gifts],a brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the speechless idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus [is] accursed," and no one is able to say "Jesus [is] Lord" except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, 5 and there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord, 6 and there are varieties of activities, but the same God, who works all [things] in all [people]. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for what is beneficial [to all]. 8 For to one is given a word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another a word of knowledge by the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to anotherb gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to anotherc {miraculous powers}d, to anothere prophecy, to anotherf distinguishing of spirits, to another kinds of tongues, to anotherg interpretation of tongues. 11 But in all these [things] one and the same Spirit is at work, distributing to each one individually just as he wishes.

Unity in the Midst of Diversity

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of the body, [although they]h are many, are one body, thus also Christ. 13 For byi one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free [persons], and all were made to drink one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not [a part] of the body," not because of this is it not [a part] of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not [a part] of the body, not because of this is it not [a part] of the body. 17 If the whole body [were] an eye, where [would] the hearing [be]? If the whole [were] hearing, where [would] the sense of smell [be]? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body just as he wanted. 19 And if they all were one member, where [would] the body [be]? 20 But now [there are] many members, but one body. 21 Now the eye is not able to say to the hand, "I do not have need of you," or again, the head to the feet, "I do not have need of you." 22 But by much more the members of the body which are thought to be weaker are necessary, 23 and [the parts] of the body which we think to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor, and our unpresentable [parts] come to have more abundant presentability, 24 but our presentable [parts] do not have need [of this]. Yet God composed the body by giving more abundant honor to the part which lacked [it], 25 in order that there not be a division in the body, but the members would have the same concern for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer together; if a memberj is honored, all the members rejoice with [it]. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members {of it individually}k, 28 and whom God has appointed in the church: first, apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, kinds of tongues. 29 Not all [are] apostles, [are they]?l Not all [are] prophets, [are they]?m Not all [are] teachers, [are they]?n Not all [are workers of] miracles, [are they]?o 30 Not all have gifts of healing, [do they]?p Not all speak with tongues, [do they]?q Not all interpret, [do they]?r 31 But strives for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
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