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1 Corinthians 12 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us, for I must correct your misunderstandings about them. 1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.
2 You know that when you were still pagans you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 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 how to discern what is truly from God: No one speaking by the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one is able to 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 Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special 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 The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being 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 It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of 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 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ's body by one Spirit, and we have all received 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 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any 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, "I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye," would that make it any less 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 Suppose the whole body were an eye -- then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything? 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 God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants 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 What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." 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 In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, 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 other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 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 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. 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 suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now all of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
28 Here is a list of some of the members that God has placed in the body of Christ: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who can get others to work together, those who speak in unknown 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 Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a prophet? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 Does everyone have the gift of healing? Of course not. Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages? Can everyone interpret unknown languages? No! 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?
31 And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts. First, however, let me tell you about something else that is better than any of them! 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.