1 Corinthians Chapter 12
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Spirituall gifts 4 are diuers, 7 yet all to profit withall. 8 And to that ende, are diuersly bestowed: 12 That by the like proportion, as the members of a naturall body, tend all to the 16 mutuall decency, 22 seruice, and 26 succour of the same body; 27 so wee should doe one for another, to make vp the mysticall body of Christ.
Now concerning spirituall giftes, brethren, I would not haue you ignorant.
Yee know that yee were Gentiles, caryed away vnto these dumbe idoles, euen as ye were led.
Wherefore I giue you to vnderstand, that no man speaking by the spirit of God, calleth Iesus accursed: and that no man can say that Iesus is the Lord, but by the holy Ghost.3
Nowe there are diuersities of gifts, but the same spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diuersities of operations, but it is the same God, which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the spirit, is giuen to euery man to profit withall.
For to one is giuen by the spirit, the word of wisedome, to another the word of knowledge, by the same spirit.
To another faith, by the same spirit: to another the gifts of healing, by the same spirit:
To another the working of miracles, to another prophecie, to another discerning of spirits, to another diuers kindes of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
But all these worketh that one and the selfe same spirit, diuiding to euery man seuerally as he will.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the membrs of that one body, being many, are one bodie: so also is Christ.
For by one spirit are we all baptized into one bodie, whether wee bee Iewes or Gentiles, whether wee bee bond or free: and haue beene all made to drinke into one spirit.13
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body: is it therefore not of the body?
And if the eare shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body: is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
But now hath God set the members, euery one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
And if they were all one member, where were the body?
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say vnto the hand, I haue no need of thee: nor againe, the head to the feete, I haue no neede of you.
Nay, much more those members of the bodie, which seeme to bee more feeble, are necessary.
And those members of the bodie, which wee thinke to bee lesse honourable, vpon these we bestow more abundant honour, and our vncomely parts haue more abundant comelinesse.23
For our comely parts haue no need: but God hath tempered the bodie together, hauing giuen more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
That there should be no schisme in the body: but that the members should haue the same care one for another.25
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it: or one member be honoured, all the members reioyce with it.
Now yee are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
And God hath set some in the Church, first Apostles, secondarily Prophets, thirdly Teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helpes in gouernmēts, diuersities of tongues.28
Are all Apostles? are all Prophets? are all Teachers? are all workers of miracles?29
Haue all the gifts of healing? doe all speake with tongues? doe all interpret?
But couet earnestly the best gifts: And yet shew I vnto you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians Chapter 12 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
3 Or, Anathema.
13 Gr. Greeks.
23 Or, put on.
25 Or, diuision.
28 Or, kinds.
29 Or, powers.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania