1 Corinthians 12:2
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.

Christian Standard Bible
You know that when you were pagans, you used to be enticed and led astray by mute idols.

Contemporary English Version
I want you to remember that before you became followers of the Lord, you were led in all the wrong ways by idols that cannot even talk.

Good News Translation
You know that while you were still heathen, you were led astray in many ways to the worship of lifeless idols.

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.

New Heart English Bible
You know that when you were heathen, you were led away to those mute idols, however you might be 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;
Study Bible
Spiritual Gifts
1Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 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 cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see;

Isaiah 46:7
They lift it to their shoulder and carry it along; they set it in its place, and there it stands, not budging from that spot. They cry out to it, but it does not answer; it saves no one from his troubles.

Jeremiah 10:5
Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, and neither can they do any good."

Habakkuk 2:18
What use is an idol, that a craftsman should carve it--or an image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.

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 ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Galatians 4:8
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

Ephesians 2:11,12
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; …

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 profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? …

even.

Matthew 15:14
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

1 Peter 1:18
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;







Lexicon
You know
Οἴδατε (Oidate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

when
ὅτε (hote)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3753: When, at which time. From hos and te; at which too, i.e. When.

you were
ἦτε (ēte)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

pagans,
ἔθνη (ethnē)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1484: Probably from etho; a race, i.e. A tribe; specially, a foreign one.

you were influenced
ἤγεσθε (ēgesthe)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 71: A primary verb; properly, to lead; by implication, to bring, drive, go, pass, or induce.

[and] led astray
ἀπαγόμενοι (apagomenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 520: To lead, carry, take away; met: To be led astray, seduced. From apo and ago; to take off.

to
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

mute
ἄφωνα (aphōna)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 880: Soundless, voiceless, speechless, dumb. Figuratively, unmeaning.

idols.
εἴδωλα (eidōla)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1497: An idol, false god. From eidos; an image; by implication, a heathen god, or the worship of such.
(2) Ye know that ye were Gentiles.--Better (according to the weight of MSS. evidence), Ye know that when ye were Gentiles ye were, &c. In this and the following verse the Apostle reminds his readers that so far from regarding the marvellous manifestations of the Spirit, such as speaking with tongues and prophesying, as the most wonderful miracles, the greatest miracle of all was their conversion. That blind followers of dumb idols should be transformed into intelligent believers in the living Word was the most striking work of the Spirit. They were now no longer led hither and thither by diverse teachings and diverse gods; they had an unchanging principle of life, and an unerring guide of conduct. The contrast of the present state of Christians with their former state as heathens is a topic of frequent occurrence in St. Paul's writings (Romans 11:30; Colossians 1:21; Colossians 3:7, &c.).

Verse 2. - That ye were Gentiles. The undoubted reading is, that when ye were Gentiles. The sentence is then in form an anacoluthon; in other words, it is not grammatically finished. The ancients were much less particular about these small matters of precision and symmetry than the moderns; and writers who are deeply moved by their subject, and hurried along by the strength of their feelings, often fall into these unfinished constructions (see Romans 2:17-21; Romans 15:25-27; Galatians 2:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:3, etc., in the Greek). Dumb idols. This characteristic of idols (Habakkuk 2:18; Psalm 115:5; Psalm 135:16) is fixed upon to show that their "oracles" were mere falsity and pretence. We find an illustration of the epithet in the statue of Isis at Pompeii, where the ruined temple shows the secret stair by which the priest mounted to the back of the statue; and the head of the statue (preserved in the Museo Borbonico) shows the tube which went from the back of the head to the parted lips. Through this tube the priest concealed behind the statue spoke the answers of Isis. Even as ye were led; rather, howsoever ye might be led, as in the Revised Version. The Greek phrase shows that, under the oracular guidance of dumb idols, the Gentiles had been, as it were, drifted hither and thither "as the winds listed." 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.
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