1 Corinthians 12:2
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New International Version
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

New Living Translation
You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols.

English Standard Version
You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.

Berean Study Bible
You know that when you were pagans, you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

Berean Literal Bible
You know that when you were pagans, to mute idols you were led, as being carried away.

New American Standard Bible
You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led.

King James Bible
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You know that when you were pagans, you used to be led off to the idols that could not speak.

International Standard Version
You know that when you were unbelievers, you were enticed and led astray to worship idols that couldn't even speak.

NET Bible
You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you were pagans and you were being led without discrimination to those idols which have no voice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know that when you were unbelievers, every time you were led to worship false gods you were worshiping gods who couldn't even speak.

New American Standard 1977
You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the dumb idols, however you were led.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye know that when ye were Gentiles, ye went, even as ye were led, unto the dumb idols.

King James 2000 Bible
You know that you were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led.

American King James Version
You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, even as you were led.

American Standard Version
Ye know that when ye were Gentiles ye were led away unto those dumb idols, howsoever ye might led.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You know that when you were heathens, you went to dumb idols, according as you were led.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye know that when ye were [of the] nations [ye were] led away to dumb idols, in whatever way ye might be led.

English Revised Version
Ye know that when ye were Gentiles ye were led away unto those dumb idols, howsoever ye might be led.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

Weymouth New Testament
You know that when you were heathens you went astray after dumb idols, wherever you happened to be led.

World English Bible
You know that when you were heathen, you were led away to those mute idols, however you might be led.

Young's Literal Translation
ye have known that ye were nations, unto the dumb idols -- as ye were led -- being carried away;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:1-11 Spiritual gifts were extraordinary powers bestowed in the first ages, to convince unbelievers, and to spread the gospel. Gifts and graces greatly differ. Both were freely given of God. But where grace is given, it is for the salvation of those who have it. Gifts are for the advantage and salvation of others; and there may be great gifts where there is no grace. The extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit were chiefly exercised in the public assemblies, where the Corinthians seem to have made displays of them, wanting in the spirit of piety, and of Christian love. While heathens, they had not been influenced by the Spirit of Christ. No man can call Christ Lord, with believing dependence upon him, unless that faith is wrought by the Holy Ghost. No man could believe with his heart, or prove by a miracle, that Jesus was Christ, unless by the Holy Ghost. There are various gifts, and various offices to perform, but all proceed from one God, one Lord, one Spirit; that is, from the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the origin of all spiritual blessings. No man has them merely for himself. The more he profits others, the more will they turn to his own account. The gifts mentioned appear to mean exact understanding, and uttering the doctrines of the Christian religion; the knowledge of mysteries, and skill to give advice and counsel. Also the gift of healing the sick, the working of miracles, and to explain Scripture by a peculiar gift of the Spirit, and ability to speak and interpret languages. If we have any knowledge of the truth, or any power to make it known, we must give all the glory of God. The greater the gifts are, the more the possessor is exposed to temptations, and the larger is the measure of grace needed to keep him humble and spiritual; and he will meet with more painful experiences and humbling dispensations. We have little cause to glory in any gifts bestowed on us, or to despise those who have them not.
Study Bible
Spiritual Gifts
1Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2You know that when you were pagans, you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.…
Cross References
Psalm 115:5
They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see;

Isaiah 46:7
"They lift it upon the shoulder and carry it; They set it in its place and it stands there. It does not move from its place. Though one may cry to it, it cannot answer; It cannot deliver him from his distress.

Jeremiah 10:5
"Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, For they can do no harm, Nor can they do any good."

Habakkuk 2:18
"What profit is the idol when its maker has carved it, Or an image, a teacher of falsehood? For its maker trusts in his own handiwork When he fashions speechless idols.

1 Corinthians 6:11
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Ephesians 2:11
Therefore remember that formerly you who are Gentiles in the flesh and called uncircumcised by the so-called circumcision (that done in the body by human hands)--

1 Thessalonians 1:9
For they themselves report what kind of welcome you gave us, and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God

1 Peter 4:3
For you have spent enough time in the past carrying out the same desires as the pagans: living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and detestable idolatry.
Treasury of Scripture

You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, even as you were led.

that.

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

Galatians 4:8 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which …

Ephesians 2:11,12 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…

Ephesians 4:17,18 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you…

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

dumb.

Psalm 115:5,7 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not…

Psalm 135:16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;

Habakkuk 2:18,19 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

even.

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

1 Peter 1:18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

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