1 Corinthians 12:20
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New International Version
As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

New Living Translation
Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.

English Standard Version
As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

New American Standard Bible
But now there are many members, but one body.

King James Bible
But now are they many members, yet but one body.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now there are many parts, yet one body.

International Standard Version
So there are many parts, but one body.

NET Bible
So now there are many members, but one body.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But now there are many members, but the body is one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So there are many parts but one body.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But now they are indeed many members, yet but one body.

King James 2000 Bible
But now are they many members, yet but one body.

American King James Version
But now are they many members, yet but one body.

American Standard Version
But now they are many members, but one body.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.

Darby Bible Translation
But now the members [are] many, and the body one.

English Revised Version
But now they are many members, but one body.

Webster's Bible Translation
But now are they many members, yet but one body.

Weymouth New Testament
But, as a matter of fact, there are many parts and but one body.

World English Bible
But now they are many members, but one body.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, indeed, are many members, and one 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But now are they many members,.... Of different make and shape, in different parts and places, and of different use and service:

yet but one body; all are united together, and make up one complete body, and which without each of them would not be perfect: so there are many members in the body of Christ, the church; some are teachers, others are hearers; some give, and others receive; but all make up but one church, of which Christ is the head; nor can anyone of them be spared; was anyone wanting, even the meanest, there would be a deficiency, and the church would not be the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. now—as the case really is: in contrast to the supposition (1Co 12:19; compare 1Co 12:18).

many members—mutually dependent.

1 Corinthians 12:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Many Members, One Body
19If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20But now there are many members, but one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."…
Cross References
Romans 12:5
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

1 Corinthians 12:12
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:14
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

1 Corinthians 12:19
If they were all one part, where would the body be?

1 Corinthians 12:21
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!"
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