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1 Corinthians 12

 

 

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Introduction
1Spiritual gifts,
4are diverse,
7yet all to profit withal.
8And to that end are diversely bestowed;
12that by the like proportion, as the members of a natural body tend all to the mutual decency,
22service,
26and succour of the same body;
27so we should do for one another, to make up the mystical body of Christ.

Verse 1
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
spiritual
4-11; 14:1-18,37; Ephesians 4:11
I would not
10:1; 2 Corinthians 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13; 2 Peter 3:8

Verse 2
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
that
6:11; Galatians 4:8; Ephesians 2:11,12; 4:17,18; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Titus 3:3; 1 Peter 4:3
dumb
Psalms 115:5,7; 135:16; Habakkuk 2:18,19
even
Matthew 15:14; 1 Peter 1:18

Verse 3
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
no man
Mark 9:39; John 16:14,15; 1 John 4:2,3
accursed
or, anathema.
16:22; Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13
no man
8:6; Matthew 16:16,17; John 13:13; 15:26; 2 Corinthians 3:5; 11:4

Verse 4
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
there
8-11,28; Romans 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:4; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10

Verse 5
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
administrations
or, ministries.
28,29; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11,12
but
8:6; Matthew 23:10; Acts 10:36; Romans 14:8,9; Philippians 2:11

Verse 6
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
worketh
11; 3:7; Job 33:29; John 5:17; Ephesians 1:19-22; Colossians 1:29; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21
all
15:28; Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 3:11

Verse 7
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
14:5,12,17,19,22-26; Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 Peter 4:10,11

Verse 8
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
is given
1:5,30; 2:6-10; 13:2,8; Genesis 41:38,39; Exodus 31:3; 1 Kings 3:5-12; Nehemiah 9:20; Job 32:8; Psalms 143:10; Proverbs 2:6; Isaiah 11:2,3; 50:4; 59:21; Daniel 2:21; Matthew 13:11; Acts 6:3; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Ephesians 1:17,18

Verse 9
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
faith
13:2; Matthew 17:19,20; 21:21; Mark 11:22,23; Luke 17:5,6; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:33
the gifts
Matthew 10:8; Mark 6:13; 16:18; Luke 9:2; 10:9; Acts 3:6-8; 4:29-31; 5:15; 10:38; Acts 19:11,12; James 5:14,15

Verse 10
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
the working
28,29; Mark 16:17,20; Luke 24:49; John 14:12; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:19; Galatians 3:5; Hebrews 2:4
prophecy
13:2; 14:1,3,5,24,31,32,39; Numbers 11:25-29; 1 Samuel 10:10-13; 19:20-24; 2 Samuel 23:1,2; Joel 2:28; John 16:13; Acts 2:17,18,29,30; 11:28; 21:9,10; Romans 12:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:20; 2 Peter 1:20,21
discerning
14:29; Acts 5:3; 1 John 4:1; Revelation 2:2
divers
28-30; 13:1; 14:2-4,23,27,39; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4-12; 10:46,47; 19:6
to another the
30; 14:26-28

Verse 11
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
all
4; 7:7,17; John 3:27; Romans 12:6; 2 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:7
as
6; Daniel 4:35; Matthew 11:26; 20:15; John 3:8; 5:21; Romans 9:18; Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 2:4; James 1:18

Verse 12
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
as
10:17; Romans 12:4,5; Ephesians 1:23; 4:4,12,15,16; 5:23,30; Colossians 1:18,24; 2:19; Colossians 3:15
so
27; Galatians 3:16

Verse 13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
by
10:2; Isaiah 44:3-5; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16; John 1:16,33; 3:5; Acts 1:5; Romans 6:3-6; 8:9-11; Ephesians 4:5; 5:26; Colossians 2:11,12; Titus 3:4-6; 1 Peter 3:21
whether we be Jews
Romans 3:29; 4:11; Galatians 3:23,28; Ephesians 2:11-16,19-22; 3:6; Colossians 1:27; 3:11
Gentiles
Gr. Greeks. bond.
7:21,22; Ephesians 6:8
to drink
Song of Solomon 5:1; Isaiah 41:17,18; 55:1; Zechariah 9:15-17; John 4:10,14; 6:63; 7:37-39

Verse 14
For the body is not one member, but many.
12,19,27,28; Ephesians 4:25

Verse 15
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
Judges 9:8-15; 2 Kings 14:9

Verse 16
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
is it
16,22; Romans 12:3,10; Philippians 2:3

Verse 17
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
21,29; 1 Samuel 9:9; Psalms 94:9; 139:13-16; Proverbs 20:12

Verse 18
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
hath
24,28
as it
11; 3:5; 15:38; Psalms 110:3; 135:6; Isaiah 46:10; Jonah 1:14; Luke 10:21; 12:32; Romans 12:3; Ephesians 1:5,9; Revelation 4:11

Verse 19

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Verse 21
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Numbers 10:31,32; 1 Samuel 25:32; Ezra 10:1-5; Nehemiah 4:16-21; Job 29:11

Verse 22
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
Proverbs 14:28; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 5:9; 9:14,15; 2 Corinthians 1:11; Titus 2:9,10

Verse 23
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
bestow
or, put on.
Genesis 3:7,21

Verse 24
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
Genesis 2:25; 3:11

Verse 25
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
there
1:10-12; 3:3; John 17:21-26; 2 Corinthians 13:11
schism
or, division. the same.
2 Corinthians 7:12; 8:16

Verse 26
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Romans 12:15; 2 Corinthians 11:28,29; Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 13:3; 1 Peter 3:8; *Gr:

Verse 27
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
12,14-20; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:23; 4:12; 5:23,30; Colossians 1:24

Verse 28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
God
7-11; Luke 6:14; Acts 13:1-3; 20:28; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; 4:11-13; Hebrews 13:17,24; 1 Peter 5:1-4
helps
Numbers 11:17
governments
Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17,24
diversities
or, kinds.
10; Acts 2:8-11

Verse 29
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
all apostles
4-11,14-20
workers
or, powers.

Verse 31
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
covet
8:1; 14:1,39; Matthew 5:6; Luke 10:42
shew
13:1-13; Philippians 3:8; Hebrews 11:4

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-12.html.

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