Romans 12:4
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New International Version
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

New Living Translation
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,

English Standard Version
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,

New American Standard Bible
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,

King James Bible
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function,

International Standard Version
For we have many parts in one body, but these parts do not all have the same function.

NET Bible
For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For just as we have many members in one body, and all those members do not have one function,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Our bodies have many parts, but these parts don't all do the same thing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For in the manner that we have many members in one body, nevertheless all the members do not have the same operation;

King James 2000 Bible
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

American King James Version
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

American Standard Version
For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:

Darby Bible Translation
For, as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office;

English Revised Version
For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office:

Webster's Bible Translation
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Weymouth New Testament
For just as there are in the one human body many parts, and these parts have not all the same function;

World English Bible
For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don't have the same function,

Young's Literal Translation
for as in one body we have many members, and all the members have not the same office,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:3-8 Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. In the spiritual body, some are fitted for and called to one sort of work; others for another sort of work. We are to do all the good we can, one to another, and for the common benefit. If we duly thought about the powers we have, and how far we fail properly to improve them, it would humble us. But as we must not be proud of our talents, so we must take heed lest, under a pretence of humility and self-denial, we are slothful in laying out ourselves for the good of others. We must not say, I am nothing, therefore I will sit still, and do nothing; but, I am nothing in myself, and therefore I will lay out myself to the utmost, in the strength of the grace of Christ. Whatever our gifts or situations may be, let us try to employ ourselves humbly, diligently, cheerfully, and in simplicity; not seeking our own credit or profit, but the good of many, for this world and that which is to come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 4, 5. - For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office; so we, the many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. The illustration of the body with its members to set forth the mutual dependence on each other of the several members of the Church with their several gifts and functions, and the importance of all for the well-being of the whole, is further carried out in 1 Corinthians 12:12, seq. In Ephesians 1:22 and Ephesians 4:15, 16, Christ is regarded, somewhat differently, as the exalted Head over the Church which is his body. Here and in 1 Corinthians 12, the head is not thus distinguished from the rest of the body (see 1 Corinthians 12:21); the whole is "one body in Christ," who is the living Person who unites and animates it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For as we have many members in one body,.... The apostle illustrates what he said last concerning God's dealing to every man the measure of faith, by comparing the church of Christ to an human body, which is but one, and has many members in union with it, and one another; and which are placed in an exact symmetry and proportion, and in proper subserviency to each other, and for the good of the whole:

and all members have not the same office, or "action"; they do not exercise the same function, and perform the same operation, but each that which is peculiar to itself: the eye only sees, but does not hear, nor taste, nor smell; the ear only hears, but neither sees, or does any of the aforesaid things; the palate tastes, the nose smells, the hand handles, the foot walks, and the same may be observed of the other members of the body, which have not the same, but their particular offices, and all and each of them their usefulness.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4, 5. For as we have many members, &c.—The same diversity and yet unity obtains in the body of Christ, whereof all believers are the several members, as in the natural body.

Romans 12:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Living Sacrifices
3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.…
Cross References
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.

Ephesians 4:4
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Ephesians 4:16
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Treasury of Scripture

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

1 Corinthians 12:4,12,27 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…

Ephesians 4:15,16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, …

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