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1 Corinthians 12 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, concerning what you wrote about the gifts from the Holy Spirit. I want you to know the truth about them, my friends. 1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.
2 You know that while you were still heathen, you were led astray in many ways to the worship of lifeless idols. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
3 I want you to know that no one who is led by God's Spirit can say "A curse on Jesus!" and no one can confess "Jesus is Lord," without being guided 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 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7 The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 The Spirit gives one person a message full of wisdom, while to another person the same Spirit gives a message full of knowledge. 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 One and the same Spirit gives faith to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal. 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles; to another, the gift of speaking God's message; and to yet another, the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not. To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues, and to another he gives the ability to explain what is said. 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 it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
12 Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different 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. So it is with Christ.
13 In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink. 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 itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 If the foot were to say, "Because I am not a hand, I don't belong to the body," that would not keep it from being 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 were to say, "Because I am not an eye, I don't belong to the body," that would not keep it from being a 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 just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell? 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 As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 There would not be a body if it were all only one part! 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts but one body. 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" Nor can the head say to the feet, "Well, I don't need 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 On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker; 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and those parts that we think aren't worth very much are the ones which we treat with greater care; while the parts of the body which don't look very nice are treated with special modesty, 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 which the more beautiful parts do not need. God himself has put the body together in such a way as to give greater honor to those parts that need 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 And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern 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 If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 All of you are Christ's body, and each one is a part of it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
28 In the church God has put all in place: in the first place apostles, in the second place prophets, and in the third place teachers; then those who perform miracles, followed by those who are given the power to heal or to help others or to direct them or to speak in 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 They are not all apostles or prophets or teachers. Not everyone has the power to work miracles 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 or to heal diseases or to speak in strange tongues or to explain what is said. 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?
31 Set your hearts, then, on the more important gifts. Best of all, however, is the following way. 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.