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1 Corinthians 12:5

    1 Corinthians 12:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And there are different sorts of servants, but the same Lord.

    Webster's Revision

    And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord.

    World English Bible

    There are various kinds of service, and the same Lord.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:5

    Differences of administrations - Διακονιων· Various offices in the Church, such as apostle, prophet, and teacher; under which were probably included bishop or presbyter, pastor, deacon, etc.; the qualifications for such offices, as well as the appointments themselves, coming immediately from the one Lord Jesus Christ.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:5

    Of administrations - Margin, "Ministries." The word properly denotes "ministries;" so that there are different ranks and grades in the ministries which Christ has appointed, to wit, those specified in 1 Corinthians 12:9-10, 1 Corinthians 12:28.

    But the same Lord - This refers evidently to the Lord Jesus, by whom these various orders of ministers were appointed, and under whose control they are; see the note at Acts 1:24; compare Ephesians 4:5. The term "Lord," when it stands by itself in the New Testament, usually refers to the Lord Jesus, the name by which he was commonly known by the disciples; see John 20:25. The fact also that this stands between the mention of the work of the Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:4 and the work of God 1 Corinthians 12:6, and the fact that to the Lord Jesus appertained the appointment of these various grades of officers in the church (compare Matthew 10:1 ff, and Luke 10:1 ff), is further proof that this refers to him. The design of the verse is, to show that all these offices had their appointment from him; and that since all were his appointment, and all were necessary, no one should be proud of an elevated station; no one should be depressed, or feel himself degraded, because he had been designated to a more humble office.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:5

    12:5 Administrations - Offices. But the same Lord appoints them all.