Modern Literal Version
[1 Corinthians 12]

     12:1 Now brethren, I do not wish you* to be ignorant concerning spiritual gifts. 12:2 You* know that when you* were Gentiles, you* were being led away to those voiceless idols, as you* would be led now. 12:3 Hence I make known to you*, that no one speaking in the Spirit of God says, Jesus is accursed, and no one is able to say, Jesus is Lord, except in the Holy Spirit.

     12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts*, but the same Spirit. 12:5 And there are diversities of services and the same Lord. 12:6 And there are diversities of workings, but it is the same God, who is working all things in all. 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for what is advantageous: 12:8 for* the word of wisdom is given to one through the Spirit, and the word of knowledge to another according to the same Spirit; 12:9 and miraculous faith to different one in the same Spirit; and gifts* of healings to another in the same Spirit; 12:10 and workings of miracles to another; and prophecy to another; and the discernings of spirits to another; varieties of languages to a different one; and the translation of foreign languages to another; 12:11 but the one and the same Spirit is working all these things, sectioning off to each one in his own way just-as he wills.

     12:12 For* just-as the body is one and has many members and all the members of the one body, being many, are one body; so also is the Christ. 12:13 For* also, we were all immersed* into one body, in one Spirit, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bondservants or free men, and all were made to drink into one Spirit. 12:14 For* the body is not one member, but many. 12:15 If the foot says, Because I am not the hand, I am not from the body; contrary to this, is it not from the body?12:16 And if the ear says, Because I am not the eye, I am not from the body; contrary to this, is it not from the body? 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where is the hearing? If the whole bodywere hearing, where is the sense of smell? 12:18 But now God himself placed the members in the body, each one of them, just-as he willed. 12:19 Now if they were all one member, where is the body? 12:20 But now they are indeed many members, but one body. 12:21 Now the eye is not able to say to the hand, I have no need of you; or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you*. 12:22But much rather now, those members of the body that seem to be* weaker are necessary; 12:23 and those things of the body which we think to be more dishonored, we place even-more honor upon these, and our indecent parts have even-more decency; 12:24 but our decent parts have no need. But God mingled the body together, having given even-more honor to the ones which are lacking; 12:25 in order that no splits should be in the body, but in order that the members should have the same anxiety on behalf of one another. 12:26 And if one member is suffering, all the members are suffering together with it. If one member is glorified, all the members are rejoicing together with it. 12:27 Now you* are the body of Christ and members individually. 12:28 And indeed God placed some in the congregation*of believers, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, thereafter miracles, thereafter gifts* of healings, helps, those who pilot others, those with varieties of languages. 12:29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 12:30 All do not have gifts* of healings, do they? All do not speak with foreign languages, do they? All do not translate, do they? 12:31 But be* zealous for the better gifts*. And I will show to you* still a surpassingly-better way.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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