1 Corinthians 12:23
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English Standard Version
and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,

King James Bible
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

American Standard Version
and those parts of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.

English Revised Version
and those parts of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness;

Webster's Bible Translation
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

Weymouth New Testament
and those which we deem less honorable we clothe with more abundant honor; and so our ungraceful parts come to have a more abundant grace, while our graceful parts have everything they need.

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Vincent's Word Studies

We bestow (περιτίθεμεν)

Elsewhere in the New Testament the word is used, without exception, of encircling with something; either putting on clothing, as Matthew 27:28; or surrounding with a fence, as Matthew 21:33; or of the sponge placed round the reed, as Mark 15:36; John 19:29. So evidently here. Rev., in margin, put on. The more abundant honor is shown by the care in clothing.

Uncomely - comeliness (ἀσχήμονα - εὐσχημοσύνην)

See on honorable, Mark 15:43; see on shame, Revelation 16:15. Compare ἀσχημονεῖν behaveth uncomely, 1 Corinthians 7:36. The comeliness is outward, as is shown by the verb we put on, and by the compounds of οχῆμα fashion. See on transfigured, Matthew 17:2.

1 Corinthians 12:23 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

bestow. or, put on.

Genesis 3:7,21 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together...

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

1 Corinthians 12:24
which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,

1 Timothy 2:9
likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,

1 Timothy 2:15
Yet she will be saved through childbearing--if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

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