Bishops' Bible

1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1 Concernyng spirituall gyftes, brethren, I woulde not haue you ignoraunt. 1 Corinthians 12:2 Ye knowe yt ye were gentiles, and caryed away vnto dumbe idols, as ye were led. 1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherfore I declare vnto you, that no man speakyng by the spirite of God, defieth Iesus. Also no man can say that Iesus is ye Lord, but by the holy ghost.

are divers,

1 Corinthians 12:4 There are diuersities of gyftes, but the spirite [is] one. 1 Corinthians 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the Lorde [is] one. 1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diuers maners of operations, but God is one, which worketh all in all.

yet all to profit withal.

1 Corinthians 12:7 The manifestation of the spirite, is geuen to euery man, to profite withall.

And to that end are diversely bestowed:

1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is geuen by the spirite, the worde of wisdome, to another the word of knowledge, by the same spirite: 1 Corinthians 12:9 To another [is geuen] fayth, by the same spirite: to another the giftes of healyng by the same spirite: 1 Corinthians 12:10 To another, power to do miracles, to another, prophesie, to another [iudgement] to discerne spirites, to another, diuers kyndes of tongues, to another, the interpretation of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:11 But these all worketh euen one and the selfe same spirite, deuidyng to euery man a seuerall gyft, as he wyll.

that by the like proportion, as the members of a natural body,

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, & hath many members, and all the members of one body, though they be many, [yet] are [but] one body: euen so is Christe. 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one spirite, are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Iewes or gentiles, whether [we be] bonde or free: and haue all drunke of one spirite. 1 Corinthians 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many. 1 Corinthians 12:15 If the foote woulde say, because I am not the hande, I am not of the body: is it therfore not of the body?

tend all to the mutual decency,

1 Corinthians 12:16 And yf the eare woulde say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body: is it therfore not of the body? 1 Corinthians 12:17 If all the body [were] an eye, where were then the hearyng? If all [were] hearyng, where were the smellyng? 1 Corinthians 12:18 But nowe hath God set ye members, euery one seuerally in the body, as it hath pleased hym. 1 Corinthians 12:19 For yf they were all one member, where were the body? 1 Corinthians 12:20 Nowe are there many members, yet but one body. 1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye can not say vnto ye hande, I haue no neede of thee: Nor, the head agayne to the feete, I haue no neede of you.


1 Corinthians 12:22 Yea, rather a great deale, those members of the body which seeme to be more feeble, are necessary: 1 Corinthians 12:23 And vpon those members of the body which we thynke least honest, put we more honestie on. And our vncomely partes, haue more comelynesse on. 1 Corinthians 12:24 For our comely members neede it not: But God hath tempered the body together, and hath geuen the more honour to that [part] which lacked: 1 Corinthians 12:25 Lest there shoulde be any stryfe in the body: but that the members shoulde haue the same care one for another.

and succour of the same body;

1 Corinthians 12:26 And yf one member suffer, all suffer with it. If one member be had in honour, all the members reioyce with it.

so we should do one for another, to make up the mystical body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:27 Ye are the body of Christe, and members one of another. 1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath ordayned some in the Churche, first Apostles, secondarely, prophetes, thirdely teachers, then them that do miracles: after that, the giftes of healyng, helpers, gouernours, diuersitie of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:29 Are all, Apostles? are all, prophetes? are all, teachers? 1 Corinthians 12:30 Are all, doers of miracles? Haue all the giftes of healyng? Do all speake with tongues? Do all interprete? 1 Corinthians 12:31 Couet after the best giftes: And yet shew I vnto you a more excellent way.

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