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1 Corinthians 12:17

    1 Corinthians 12:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If all the body was an eye, where would be the hearing? if all was hearing, where would be the smelling?

    Webster's Revision

    If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

    World English Bible

    If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:17

    If the whole body ... - The idea in this verse is, that all the parts of the body are useful in their proper place, and that it would be as absurd to require or expect that all the members of the church should have the same endowments, as it would be to attempt to make the body "all eye." If all were the same; if all had the same endowments, important offices which are now secured by the other members would be unknown. All, therefore, are to be satisfied with their allotment; all are to be honored in their appropriate place.