1 Corinthians 12:21
New International Version
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!"

New Living Translation
The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

English Standard Version
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

Berean Study Bible
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.”

Berean Literal Bible
Now the eye is not able to say to the hand, "I have no need of you." Or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."

King James Bible
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.

New King James Version
And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

New American Standard Bible
And 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.”

NASB 1995
And 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."

NASB 1977
And 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.”

Amplified Bible
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

Christian Standard Bible
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you! ” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" Or again, the head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you!"

American Standard Version
And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you”; neither can the head say to the feet, “I do not need you.”

Contemporary English Version
That's why the eyes cannot say they don't need the hands. That's also why the head cannot say it doesn't need the feet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.

English Revised Version
And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

Good News Translation
So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" Nor can the head say to the feet, "Well, I don't need you!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An eye can't say to a hand, "I don't need you!" Or again, the head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you!"

International Standard Version
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you," or the head to the feet, "I don't need you."

Literal Standard Version
and an eye is not able to say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

NET Bible
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I do not need you," nor in turn can the head say to the foot, "I do not need you."

New Heart English Bible
The eye cannot tell the hand, "I have no need for you," or again the head to the feet, "I have no need for you."

Weymouth New Testament
It is also impossible for the eye to say to the hand, "I do not need you;" or again for the head to say to the feet, "I do not need you."

World English Bible
The eye can't tell the hand, "I have no need for you," or again the head to the feet, "I have no need for you."

Young's Literal Translation
and an eye is not able to say to the hand, 'I have no need of thee;' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Body of Christ
20As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 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.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 12:20
As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

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


Treasury of Scripture

And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

Numbers 10:31,32
And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes…

1 Samuel 25:32
And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:

Ezra 10:1-5
Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore…









Verse 21. - I have no need of thee. A rebuke to the pride of those who thought their own gifts to be exclusively valuable.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

cannot
δύναται (dynatai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

say
εἰπεῖν (eipein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

to the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

hand,
χειρί (cheiri)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5495: A hand.

“I do
ἔχω (echō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

need
Χρείαν (Chreian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5532: From the base of chraomai or chre; employment, i.e. An affair; also occasion, demand, requirement or destitution.

you.”
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

[Nor can]
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

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

head [say]
κεφαλὴ (kephalē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

to the
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

feet,
ποσίν (posin)
Noun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4228: The foot. A primary word; a 'foot'.

“I do
ἔχω (echō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

need
Χρείαν (Chreian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5532: From the base of chraomai or chre; employment, i.e. An affair; also occasion, demand, requirement or destitution.

you.”
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.


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