1 Corinthians 12:17
New International Version
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

New Living Translation
If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

English Standard Version
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?

Berean Study Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

Berean Literal Bible
If all the body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If all were hearing, where would be the sense of smell?

New American Standard Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

King James Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

Christian Standard Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

Contemporary English Version
If our bodies were only an eye, we couldn't hear a thing. And if they were only an ear, we couldn't smell a thing.

Good News Translation
If the whole body were just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

International Standard Version
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

NET Bible
If the whole body were an eye, what part would do the hearing? If the whole were an ear, what part would exercise the sense of smell?

New Heart English Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if all the body were an eye, where would the hearing be? And if it all were hearing, how would there be smell?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell?

New American Standard 1977
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be?

King James 2000 Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?

American King James Version
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

American Standard Version
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?

Darby Bible Translation
If the whole body [were] an eye, where the hearing? if all hearing, where the smelling?

English Revised Version
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

Webster's Bible Translation
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

Weymouth New Testament
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the nostrils be?

World English Bible
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be?

Young's Literal Translation
If the whole body were an eye, where the hearing? if the whole hearing, where the smelling?
Study Bible
The Body of Christ
16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact, God has arranged the members of the body, every one of them, according to His design.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:16
And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.

1 Corinthians 12:18
But in fact, God has arranged the members of the body, every one of them, according to His design.

Treasury of Scripture

If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

1 Corinthians 12:21,29
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you…

1 Samuel 9:9
(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

Psalm 94:9
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?







Lexicon
If
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

whole
ὅλον (holon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3650: All, the whole, entire, complete. A primary word; 'whole' or 'all', i.e. Complete, especially as noun or adverb.

body [were]
σῶμα (sōma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4983: Body, flesh; the body of the Church. From sozo; the body, used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.

an eye,
ὀφθαλμός (ophthalmos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3788: The eye; fig: the mind's eye. From optanomai; the eye; by implication, vision; figuratively, envy.

where
ποῦ (pou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4226: Genitive case of an interrogative pronoun pos otherwise obsolete; as adverb of place; at what locality.

[would] the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

sense of hearing [be]?
ἀκοή (akoē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 189: Hearing, faculty of hearing, ear; report, rumor. From akouo; hearing.

If
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

[the] whole [body]
ὅλον (holon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3650: All, the whole, entire, complete. A primary word; 'whole' or 'all', i.e. Complete, especially as noun or adverb.

[were] an ear,
ἀκοή (akoē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 189: Hearing, faculty of hearing, ear; report, rumor. From akouo; hearing.

where
ποῦ (pou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4226: Genitive case of an interrogative pronoun pos otherwise obsolete; as adverb of place; at what locality.

[would] the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

sense of smell [be]?
ὄσφρησις (osphrēsis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3750: The sense of smell, smelling. From a derivative of ozo; smell.
(17) If the whole body were an eye.--Here is shown how absurd it would be for the body to be merely one member, and in 1Corinthians 12:19 is shown the converse absurdity of the members losing their individuality. There is a corporate body composed of divers members. That is the difference between a dead machine and a living organism.

Verse 17. - If the whole body were an eye, etc. In the body there is between the members an identity of common interest and a perfection of separate functions. All are not equal in strength and delicacy, but each is happy, and each is necessary to the well being of all. There could be no better image of the ideal relation of Christians to each other and to the Church. 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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