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1 Corinthians 12:24

    1 Corinthians 12:24 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For our comely parts have no need: but God has tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    whereas our comely parts have no need: but God tempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that part which lacked;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But those parts of the body which are beautiful have no need of such care: and so the body has been joined together by God in such a way as to give more honour to those parts which had need of it;

    Webster's Revision

    whereas our comely parts have no need: but God tempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that part which lacked;

    World English Bible

    whereas our presentable parts have no such need. But God composed the body together, giving more abundant honor to the inferior part,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    whereas our comely parts have no need: but God tempered the body together, giving more abundant honour to that part which lacked;

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:24

    For our comely parts have no need - It would be easy to go into great detail in giving an anatomical description of the different members and parts to which the apostle refers, but it would not probably answer the end of general edification; and to explain every allusion made by the apostle, would require a minuteness of description which would not be tolerated except in a treatise on the anatomy of the human body. My readers will therefore excuse my entering into this detail.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:24

    For our comely parts - The face, etc. "Have no need." No need of clothing or ornament.

    But God hath tempered the body together - Literally, "mingled" or mixed; that is, has made to coalesce, or strictly and closely joined. He has formed a strict union; he has made one part dependent on another, and necessary to the harmony and proper action of another. Every part is useful, and all are suited to the harmonious action of the whole. God has so arranged it, in order to produce harmony and equality in the body, that those parts which are less comely by nature should be more adorned and guarded by apparel.

    Having given more abundant honour ... - By making it necessary that we should labor in order to procure for it the needful clothing; thus making it more the object of our attention and care. We thus bestow more abundant honor upon those parts of the body which a suitable protection from cold, and heat, and storms, and the sense of comeliness, requires us to clothe and conceal. The "more abundant honor," therefore, refers to the greater attention, labor, and care which we bestow on those parts of the body.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:24

    12:24 Giving more abundant honour to that which lacked - As being cared for and served by the noblest parts.