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1 Corinthians 12 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Brothers and sisters, I don't want there to be any misunderstanding concerning spiritual gifts. 1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.
2 You know that when you were unbelievers, every time you were led to worship false gods you were worshiping gods who couldn't even speak. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by God's Spirit says, "Jesus is cursed." No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except 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 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, and yet the same Lord is served. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7 The evidence of the Spirit's presence is given to each person for the common good of everyone. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. The same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with 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 To another person the same Spirit gives [courageous] faith. To another person the same Spirit gives the ability to heal. 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 Another can work miracles. Another can speak what God has revealed. Another can tell the difference between spirits. Another can speak in different kinds of languages. Another can interpret languages. 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 There is only one Spirit who does all these things by giving what God wants to give 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 For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with 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 By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us 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 As you know, the human body 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 Suppose a foot says, "I'm not a hand, so I'm not part of the body!" Would that mean it's no longer 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 Or suppose an ear says, "I'm not an eye, so I'm not a part of the body!" Would that mean it's no longer 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, how could it hear? If the whole body were 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 So God put each and every part of the body together as he wanted it. 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 How could it be a body if it only had one part? 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 So there are many parts but one body. 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 An eye can't say to a hand, "I don't need you!" Or again, the head can't say to the feet, "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 The opposite is true. The parts of the body that we think are weaker are the ones we really need. 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we give special honor. So our unpresentable parts are made more presentable. 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 However, our presentable parts don't need this kind of treatment. God has put the body together and given special honor to the part that doesn't have 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 God's purpose was that the body should not be divided but rather that all of its parts should feel the same concern for each other. 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 share its suffering. If one part is praised, all the others share in its happiness. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 You are Christ's body and each of you is an individual 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 appointed first apostles, next prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, then those who have the gift of healing, then those who help others, those who are managers, and those who can speak in a number of languages. 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 Not all believers are apostles, are they? Are all of them prophets? Do all of them teach? Do all of them perform miracles 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 or have gifts of healing? Can all of them speak in other languages or interpret languages? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?
31 You [only] want the better gifts, but I will show you the best thing to do. 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.