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Unity and Diversity in the Body

12Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body,(A) so it is with Christ.(B) 13For we were all baptized(C) by[a] one Spirit(D) so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free(E)—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.(F) 14Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.(G)

15Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17If 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? 18But in fact God has placed(H) the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.(I) 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.(J)

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27Now you are the body of Christ,(K) and each one of you is a part of it.(L) 28And God has placed in the church(M) first of all apostles,(N) second prophets,(O) third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing,(P) of helping, of guidance,(Q) and of different kinds of tongues.(R) 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[b]?(S) Do all interpret? 31Now eagerly desire(T) the greater gifts.

Love Is Indispensable

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:13 Or with; or in
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:30 Or other languages

Cross references

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:12 : S Ro 12:5
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:12 : ver 27
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:13 : S Mk 1:8
  4. 1 Corinthians 12:13 : Eph 2:18
  5. 1 Corinthians 12:13 : Gal 3:28; Col 3:11
  6. 1 Corinthians 12:13 : Jn 7:37-39
  7. 1 Corinthians 12:14 : ver 12, 20
  8. 1 Corinthians 12:18 : ver 28
  9. 1 Corinthians 12:18 : ver 11
  10. 1 Corinthians 12:20 : ver 12, 14; S Ro 12:5
  11. 1 Corinthians 12:27 : Eph 1:23; 4:12; Col 1:18, 24
  12. 1 Corinthians 12:27 : S Ro 12:5
  13. 1 Corinthians 12:28 : S 1Co 10:32
  14. 1 Corinthians 12:28 : S Eph 4:11
  15. 1 Corinthians 12:28 : S Eph 4:11
  16. 1 Corinthians 12:28 : ver 9
  17. 1 Corinthians 12:28 : Ro 12:6-8
  18. 1 Corinthians 12:28 : ver 10; S Mk 16:17
  19. 1 Corinthians 12:30 : ver 10
  20. 1 Corinthians 12:31 : 1Co 14:1, 39
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