1 Corinthians 12 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But about the things of the spirit, my brothers, it is not right for you to be without teaching. 1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.
2 You are conscious that when you were Gentiles, in whatever way you were guided, you went after images without voice or power. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
3 So it is my desire for you to be clear about this; that no one is able to say by the Spirit of God that Jesus is cursed; and no one is able to say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Spirit. 3 Therefore I tell you 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.
4 Now there are different qualities given to men, but the same Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are different sorts of servants, but the same Lord. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 And there are different operations, but the same God, who is working all things in all. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7 But to every man some form of the Spirit's working is given for the common good. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 For to one are given words of wisdom through the Spirit; and to another words of knowledge through the same Spirit: 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
9 To another faith in the same Spirit; and to another the power of taking away disease, by the one Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 And to another the power of working wonders; and to another the prophet's word; and to another the power of testing spirits; to another different sorts of tongues; and to another the power of making clear the sense of the tongues: 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
11 But all these are the operations of the one and the same Spirit, giving to every man separately as his pleasure is. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
12 For as the body is one, and has a number of parts, and all the parts make one body, so is Christ. 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. So it is with Christ.
13 For through the baptism of the one Spirit we were all formed into one body, Jews or Greeks, servants or free men, and were all made full of the same Spirit. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14 For the body is not one part, but a number of parts. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 If the foot says, Because I am not the hand, I am not a part of the body; it is no less a part of the body. 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 says, Because I am not the eye, I am not a part of the body; it is a part of the body all the same. 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 all the body was an eye, where would be the hearing? if all was hearing, where would be the smelling? 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 now God has put every one of the parts in the body as it was pleasing to him. 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 And if they were all one part, where would the body be? 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 But now they are all different parts, but one body. 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 And the eye may not say to the hand, I have no need of you: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 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 No, those parts which seem to be feeble are the more necessary; 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 And to those parts of the body which seem to have less honour we give all the more honour; and to those parts of the body which are a cause of shame to us we give the greater respect; 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 But those parts of the body which are beautiful have no need of such care: and so the body has been joined together by God in such a way as to give more honour to those parts which had need of it; 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 might be no division in the body; but all the parts might have the same care for one another. 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
26 And if there is pain in one part of the body, all the parts will be feeling it; or if one part is honoured, all the parts will be glad. 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 every one of you the separate parts of it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
28 And God has put some in the church, first, Apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then those with wonder-working powers, then those with the power of taking away disease, helpers, wise guides, users of strange tongues. 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.
29 Are all Apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? have all the power of working wonders? 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 Are all able to take away disease? have all the power of tongues? are all able to give their sense? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?
31 But let your desires be turned to the more important things given by the Spirit. And now I am pointing out to you an even better way. 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.