1 Corinthians 12:15
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New International Version
Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.

New Living Translation
If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any less a part of the body.

English Standard Version
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.

New American Standard Bible
If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.

King James Bible
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the foot should say, "Because I'm not a hand, I don't belong to the body," in spite of this it still belongs to the body.

International Standard Version
If the foot says, "Since I'm not a hand, I'm not part of the body," that does not make it any less a part of the body, does it?

NET Bible
If the foot says, "Since I am not a hand, I am not part of the body," it does not lose its membership in the body because of that.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if a foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body”, is it therefore not of the body?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Suppose a foot says, "I'm not a hand, so I'm not part of the body!" Would that mean it's no longer part of the body?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the foot shall say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body?

King James 2000 Bible
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

American King James Version
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body ?

Darby Bible Translation
If the foot say, Because I am not a hand I am not of the body, is it on account of this not indeed of the body?

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

Weymouth New Testament
Were the foot to say, "Because I am not a hand I am not a part of the body," that would not make it any the less a part of the body.

World English Bible
If the foot would say, "Because I'm not the hand, I'm not part of the body," it is not therefore not part of the body.

Young's Literal Translation
if the foot may say, 'Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body;' it is not, because of this, not of the body;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:12-26 Christ and his church form one body, as Head and members. Christians become members of this body by baptism. The outward rite is of Divine institution; it is a sign of the new birth, and is called therefore the washing of regeneration, Tit 3:5. But it is by the Spirit, only by the renewing of the Holy Ghost, that we are made members of Christ's body. And by communion with Christ at the Lord's supper, we are strengthened, not by drinking the wine, but by drinking into one Spirit. Each member has its form, place, and use. The meanest makes a part of the body. There must be a distinction of members in the body. So Christ's members have different powers and different places. We should do the duties of our own place, and not murmur, or quarrel with others. All the members of the body are useful and necessary to each other. Nor is there a member of the body of Christ, but may and ought to be useful to fellow-members. As in the natural body of man, the members should be closely united by the strongest bonds of love; the good of the whole should be the object of all. All Christians are dependent one upon another; each is to expect and receive help from the rest. Let us then have more of the spirit of union in our religion.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - If the foot shall say, etc. So Seneca says, "What if the hands should wish to injure the feet, or the eyes the hands? As all the members agree together because it is the interest of the whole that each should be kept safe, so men spare their fellow men because we are born for heaven, and society cannot be saved except by the love and protection of its elements" ('De Ira,' 2:31). And Marcus Aurelius: "We have been born for mutual help, like the feet, like the hands, like the rows of upper and lower teeth. To act in opposition to cue another is therefore contrary to nature" ('Enchir.,' 2:1). And Pope —

"What if the foot, ordained the dust to tread,
Or hand, to toil, aspired to be the head?
What if the head, the eye, or ear repined
To serve mere engines to the ruling mind?
Just as absurd for any part to claim
To be another, in this general frame," etc.


Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If the foot shall say,.... The lowest member of the body, which is nearest the earth, treads upon it, sustains the whole weight of the body, and performs the more drudging and fatiguing exercises of standing and walking; and may represent one that is in the lowest station in the church, a doorkeeper in the house of God; one that is really the least of saints, as well as thinks himself so; and has the smallest degree of heavenly affection, and knowledge of spiritual light and understanding;

because I am not the hand; the instrument of communication and of action; and may signify such an one, that liberally imparts to the necessities of others, who has it both in his hand and heart, and is ready to communicate; one that is full of good works, of charity towards men, and piety towards God; who does all things, Christ strengthening him, natural, civil, moral, and evangelical; yea, even miracles and mighty deeds are done by his hand:

I am not of the body; have no part in it, am no member of it, do not belong to it:

is it therefore not of the body? or "it is not therefore not of the body", as the Syriac version renders it; that is, it is not "for this word", as the Arabic, or so saying, as the Ethiopic, not of the body; it nevertheless belongs to it, and is a member of it, nor can it be otherwise: thus the meanest person in the mystical body, the church, though he should say, that because he is not so handy and useful as another, cannot give so largely, nor do so much as another, therefore he is no proper member of the church; it does not follow that so it is, for Christ, the head of the church, regards such as members; he admires the "beauty" of his church's "feet", and has provided for the covering, ornament, and security of them, being himself clothed with "a garment down to the feet", which equally covers and adorns that part of the body as the rest; he does not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax, or despise the day of small things; he regards their prayers, and takes notice and accepts of their meanest services; and they are, and should be considered as members of the body, by the rest and by themselves, the mystical body, the church, though he should say, that because he is not so handy and useful as another, cannot give so largely, nor do so much as another, therefore he is no proper member of the church; it does not follow that so it is, for Christ, the head of the church, regards such as members; he admires the "beauty" of his church's "feet", and has provided for the covering, ornament, and security of them, being himself clothed with "a garment down to the feet", which equally covers and adorns that part of the body as the rest; he does not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax, or despise the day of small things; he regards their prayers, and takes notice and accepts of their meanest services; and they are, and should be considered as members of the body, by the rest and by themselves.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. The humbler members ought not to disparage themselves, or to be disparaged by others more noble (1Co 12:21, 22).

foot … hand—The humble speaks of the more honorable member which most nearly resembles itself: so the "ear" of the "eye" (the nobler and more commanding member, Nu 10:31), (1Co 12:16). As in life each compares himself with those whom he approaches nearest in gifts, not those far superior. The foot and hand represent men of active life; the ear and eye, those of contemplative life.

1 Corinthians 12:15 Additional Commentaries
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Many Members, One Body
14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 16And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:14
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

1 Corinthians 12:16
And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
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