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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

1 Corinthians 12:1-31

12  Now concerning the spiritual gifts,*+ brothers, I do not want YOU to be ignorant.  YOU know that when YOU were people of the nations,+ YOU were being led away to those voiceless+ idols+ just as YOU happened to be led.  Therefore I would have YOU know that nobody when speaking by God’s spirit says: “Jesus is accursed!”*+ and nobody can say: “Jesus is Lord!” except by holy spirit.+  Now there are varieties of gifts,*+ but there is the same spirit;+  and there are varieties of ministries,+ and yet there is the same Lord;+  and there are varieties of operations,+ and yet it is the same God+ who performs all the operations in all persons.+  But the manifestation of the spirit is given to each one for a beneficial purpose.+  For example, to one there is given through the spirit speech of wisdom,+ to another speech of knowledge+ according to the same spirit,  to another faith+ by the same spirit, to another gifts of healings+ by that one spirit, 10  to yet another operations of powerful works,*+ to another prophesying,+ to another discernment+ of inspired utterances,*+ to another different tongues,+ and to another interpretation+ of tongues. 11  But all these operations the one and the same spirit performs,+ making a distribution+ to each one respectively just as it wills.+ 12  For just as the body is one but has many members, and all the members of that body, although being many, are one body,+ so also is the Christ.+ 13  For truly by one spirit we were all baptized+ into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink+ one spirit. 14  For the body, indeed, is not one member, but many.+ 15  If the foot should say: “Because I am not a hand, I am no part of the body,” it is not for this reason no part of the body.+ 16  And if the ear should say: “Because I am not an eye, I am no part of the body,” it is not for this reason no part of the body.+ 17  If the whole body were an eye, where would the [sense of] hearing be? If it were all hearing, where would the smelling be? 18  But now God has set the members in the body, each one of them, just as he pleased.+ 19  If they were all one member,+ where would the body be? 20  But now they are many members,+ yet one body. 21  The eye cannot say to the hand: “I have no need of you”; or, again, the head [cannot say] to the feet: “I have no need of YOU.” 22  But much rather is it the case that the members of the body which seem to be weaker+ are necessary, 23  and the parts of the body which we think to be less honorable, these we surround with more abundant honor,+ and so our unseemly parts have the more abundant comeliness, 24  whereas our comely parts do not need anything. Nevertheless, God compounded* the body, giving honor more abundant to the part which had a lack, 25  so that there should be no division* in the body, but that its members should have the same care for one another.+ 26  And if one member suffers, all the other members suffer+ with it; or if a member is glorified,+ all the other members rejoice with it.+ 27  Now YOU are Christ’s body, and members individually.+ 28  And God has set the respective ones in the congregation,+ first, apostles;+ second, prophets;+ third, teachers;+ then powerful works;*+ then gifts of healings;+ helpful services,+ abilities to direct,*+ different tongues.+ 29  Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform powerful works, do they?* 30  Not all have gifts of healings, do they? Not all speak in tongues,+ do they? Not all are translators,+ are they? 31  But keep zealously seeking the greater* gifts.+ And yet I show YOU a surpassing way.+

Footnotes

Or, “the spiritual things”; or, “the spiritual persons.” Lit., “the spiritual (things).” Gr., ton pneu·ma·ti·kon′; Vgc(Lat.), spi·ri·tu·a′li·bus.
Lit., “anathema.” Gr., A·na′the·ma.
Lit., “of gracious gifts.” Gr., kha·ri·sma′ton.
Or, “of miracles.”
Lit., “of spirits.” Gr., pneu·ma′ton.
Lit., “mixed together.” Gr., sy·ne·ke′ra·sen.
Or, “split.” Gr., skhi′sma, “schism”; Lat., sci′sma.
“Powerful works.” Or, “miracles.”
Lit., “steerings.” Gr., ky·ber·ne′seis; Lat., gu·ber·na·ti·o′nes.
Lit., “Not all are powers, are they?”
Or, “the greatest.”