1 Corinthians 12:22
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New International Version
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

New Living Translation
In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

English Standard Version
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

Berean Study Bible
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

Berean Literal Bible
But much rather, those members of the body seeming to be weaker are necessary,

New American Standard Bible
On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

King James Bible
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary.

International Standard Version
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are in fact indispensable,

NET Bible
On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential,

New Heart English Bible
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But all the more, those members that are considered weak, on the contrary are needful.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The opposite is true. The parts of the body that we think are weaker are the ones we really need.

New American Standard 1977
On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For those members of the body, which seem to be weaker, are much more necessary;

King James 2000 Bible
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

American King James Version
No, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

American Standard Version
Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.

Darby Bible Translation
But much rather, the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

English Revised Version
Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary:

Webster's Bible Translation
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

Weymouth New Testament
No, it is quite otherwise. Even those parts of the body which are apparently somewhat feeble are yet indispensable;

World English Bible
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

Young's Literal Translation
But much more the members of the body which seem to be more infirm are necessary,
Study Bible
The Body of Christ
21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you.” Nor can the head say to the feet, “I do not need you.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. And our unpresentable parts are treated with special modesty,…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:21
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I do not need you." Nor can the head say to the feet, "I do not need you."

1 Corinthians 12:23
and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. And our unpresentable parts are treated with special modesty,
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(22) Which seem to be more feeble.--The general argument of this and the following verse (without attempting to identify the particular parts of the body referred to) is that the weakest parts of the body are as necessary to the body as the strongest; and those parts which are considered less seemly are more abundantly cared for by being carefully covered with clothes, as distinguished from the face and hands which are uncovered.

Verse 22. - Are necessary. This is the point of the fable of the belly and the members. Nay, much more those members of the body,.... The apostle, in a beautiful gradation, proceeds to take notice of such parts of the body as are more weak, dishonourable, and uncomely, showing the necessity and usefulness of them:

which seem to be more feeble; than others, do not consist of a strong bony substance, and are not fenced with sinews, as the belly and its intestines: yet these

are necessary; nor could the body be sustained, nourished, and refreshed, without them; so the more weak and feeble saints, whose hearts and hands are to be strengthened, whose infirmities are to be bore, have their usefulness; and the effectual working in the measure of every part, even of the feeble and tender, maketh increase of the body, to the edifying of itself in love: and these God has seen fit, as necessary to call by his grace, and place in the body, that his strength may be made perfect in their weakness, and to confound the mighty; and out of the mouths even of babes and sucklings to ordain strength and praise. 22. more feeble—more susceptible of injury: for example, the brain, the belly, the eye. Their very feebleness, so far from doing away with the need for them, calls forth our greater care for their preservation, as being felt "necessary."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.
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