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1 Corinthians 12:1

    1 Corinthians 12:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I would not have you ignorant.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now concerning spiritual gifts , brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But about the things of the spirit, my brothers, it is not right for you to be without teaching.

    Webster's Revision

    Now concerning spiritual gifts , brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    World English Bible

    Now concerning spiritual things, brothers, I don't want you to be ignorant.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:1

    Now concerning spiritual gifts - This was a subject about which they appear to have written to the apostle, and concerning which there were probably some contentions among them. The words περι των πνευματικων may as well be translated concerning spiritual persons, as spiritual gifts; and indeed the former agrees much better with the context.

    I would not have you ignorant - I wish you fully to know whence all such gifts come, and for what end they are given, that each person may serve the Church in the capacity in which God has placed him, that there may be no misunderstandings and no schism in the body.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:1

    Now concerning - it is now time that I should speak of spiritual endowments. He had no doubt been consulted in regard to them, and probably various questions had been proposed, which he now proceeded to answer.

    Spiritual gifts - The word "gifts" is not in the original. The Greek refers to "spiritual" things in general, or to anything that is of a spiritual nature. The whole discussion, however, shows that he refers to the various endowments, gifts, or graces that had been bestowed in different degrees on the members of the church - including the distinctions in graces, and in degrees of office and rank, which had been made in the Christian church in general 1 Corinthians 12, as well as the extraordinary endowments of the gift of tongues which had been bestowed upon many, 1 Corinthians 14.

    I would not have you ignorant - The subject is of so much importance that it demands particular attention and special care; compare the note at 1 Corinthians 10:1. I would not have you ignorant in regard to the nature of those endowments; the spirit with which they should be received; the rules to which they who are thus favored should be subjected; and the feelings and views which should be cherished in all the members of the church in regard to them. Nothing is of more importance in the church than the doctrine respecting the influences and endowments of the Holy Spirit.