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Romans 12:4

    Romans 12:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For, as we have a number of parts in one body, but all the parts have not the same use,

    Webster's Revision

    For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office:

    World English Bible

    For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don't have the same function,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office:

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 12:4

    For as we have many members - As the human body consists of many parts, each having its respective office, and all contributing to the perfection and support of the whole; each being indispensably necessary in the place which it occupies, and each equally useful though performing a different function;

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 12:4

    For - This word here denotes a further illustration or proof of what he had just before said. The duty to which he was exhorting the Romans was, not to be unduly exalted or elevated in their own estimation. In order to produce proper humility, he shows them that God has appointed certain orders or grades in the church; that all are useful in their proper place; that we should seek to discharge our duty in our appropriate sphere; and thus that due subordination and order would be observed. To show this, he introduces a beautiful comparison drawn from the human body. There are various members in the human frame; all useful and honorable in their proper place; and all designed to promote the order, and beauty, and harmony of the whole. So the church is one body, consisting of many members, and each is suited to be useful and comely in its proper place. The same comparison he uses with great beauty and force in 1Co. 12:4-31; also Ephesians 4:25; Ephesians 5:30. In that chapter the comparison is carried out to much greater length, and its influence shown with great force.

    Many members - Limbs, or parts; feet, hands, eyes, ears, etc.; 1 Corinthians 12:14-15.

    In one body - Constituting one body; or united in one, and making one person. Essential to the existence, beauty, and happiness of the one body or person.

    The same office - The same use or design; not all appointed for the same thing; one is to see, another to hear, a third to walk with, etc.; 1 Corinthians 12:14-23.