Romans 12:7
New International Version
if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;

New Living Translation
If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.

English Standard Version
if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

Berean Study Bible
if it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;

Berean Literal Bible
or service, in the service; or teaching, in the teaching;

New American Standard Bible
if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;

King James Bible
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Christian Standard Bible
if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching;

Contemporary English Version
If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach.

Good News Translation
if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching;

International Standard Version
If your gift is serving, devote yourself to serving others. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching others.

NET Bible
If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach;

New Heart English Bible
or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And one has ministry in his service, and one has that of a teacher in his instruction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching.

New American Standard 1977
if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;

Jubilee Bible 2000
or ministry, in serving; or he that teaches, in doctrine;

King James 2000 Bible
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

American King James Version
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

American Standard Version
or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;

Darby Bible Translation
or service, [let us occupy ourselves] in service; or he that teaches, in teaching;

English Revised Version
or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching;

Webster's Bible Translation
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching:

Weymouth New Testament
if it is the gift of administration, let the administrator exercise a sound judgement in his duties.

World English Bible
or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching;

Young's Literal Translation
or ministration -- 'In the ministration!' or he who is teaching -- 'In the teaching!'
Study Bible
Living Sacrifices
6We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If one’s gift is prophecy, let him use it in proportion to his faith; 7if it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is giving, let him give generously; if it is leading, let him lead with diligence; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.…
Cross References
Acts 6:1
In those days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Grecian Jews began to grumble against the Hebraic Jews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

Acts 13:1
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (a childhood companion of Herod the tetrarch), and Saul.

1 Corinthians 12:5
There are different ministries, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:28
And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:26
What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a psalm or a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All of these must be done to build up the church.

Treasury of Scripture

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

ministry.

Isaiah 21:8
And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

Ezekiel 3:17-21
Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me…

Ezekiel 33:7-9
So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me…

or he.

Deuteronomy 33:10
They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.

1 Samuel 12:23
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

Psalm 34:11
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.







Lexicon
[if it is]
εἴτε (eite)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1535: And if, whether. From ei and te; if too.

serving,
διακονίαν (diakonian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1248: Waiting at table; in a wider sense: service, ministration. From diakonos; attendance; figuratively aid, service.

let him serve;
διακονίᾳ (diakonia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1248: Waiting at table; in a wider sense: service, ministration. From diakonos; attendance; figuratively aid, service.

[if it is]
εἴτε (eite)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1535: And if, whether. From ei and te; if too.

teaching,
διδάσκων (didaskōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1321: To teach, direct, admonish. A prolonged form of a primary verb dao; to teach.

let him teach;
διδασκαλίᾳ (didaskalia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1319: Instruction, teaching. From didaskalos; instruction.
(7) Ministry.--The word used is the technical term for the discharge of the office of deacon. The institution of this office is described in Acts 6:1-5. Its object was to provide for the practical business as opposed to the spiritual ministrations of the Church. It included more especially the distribution of alms and the care of the poor, the sick, widows, etc. The functions of the diaconate are called "serving tables" (i.e., in the literal sense, "providing food" for those who needed it) in Acts 6:2-3, and "helps" in 1Corinthians 12:28.

Let us wait on . . .--These words are supplied in the English, "Let us be absorbed in, devoted to, our ministering."

He that teacheth.--Comp. 1Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1Timothy 5:17. It would seem from the first of these passages ("thirdly teachers") that teaching was considered as a special office, though not, perhaps, confined to special persons.

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.
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