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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    NOW concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
[2]  Ye know that when ye were Gentiles ye were led away unto those dumb idols, howsoever ye might be led.
[3]  Wherefore I make known unto you, that no man speaking in the Spirit of God saith, Jesus is anathema; and no man can say, Jesus is Lord, but in the Holy Spirit.
[4]    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
[5]  And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord.
[6]  And there are diversities of workings, but the same God, who worketh all things in all.
[7]  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal.
[8]  For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit:
[9]  to another faith, in the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, in the one Spirit;
[10]  and to another workings of miracles; 1 and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits: to another divers kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues:
[11]  but all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will.
[12]    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.
[13]  For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.
[14]  For the body is not one member, but many.
[15]  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body.
[16]  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body.
[17]  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
[18]  But now hath God set the members each one of them in the body, even as it pleased him.
[19]  And if they were all one member, where were the body?
[20]  But now they are many members, but one body.
[21]  And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
[22]  Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary:
[23]  and those parts of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow 2 more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness;
[24]  whereas our comely parts have no need: but God tempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that part which lacked;
[25]  that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
[26]  And whether one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it; or one member is honored, 3 all the members rejoice with it.
[27]  Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally 4 members thereof.
[28]  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, then miracles, 5 then gifts of healings, helps, governments, 6 divers kinds of tongues.
[29]  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 7
[30]  have all gifts of healings? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
[31]  But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent way show I unto you.
Note 1. Gr. powers. [back]
Note 2. Or, put on. [back]
Note 3. Or, glorified. [back]
Note 4. Or, members each in his part. [back]
Note 5. Gr. powers. [back]
Note 6. Or, wise counsels. [back]
Note 7. Gr. powers. [back]


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