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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 12:22


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 12:22

    Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

    World English Bible

    No, much rather, those members of the
    body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 12:22

    Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the
    body, are more necessary.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Nay, much more those members of the
    body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

    Greek Textus Receptus


    αλλα
    235 CONJ πολλω 4183 A-DSN μαλλον 3123 ADV τα 3588 T-NPN δοκουντα 1380 5723 V-PAP-NPN μελη 3196 N-NPN του 3588 T-GSN σωματος 4983 N-GSN ασθενεστερα 772 A-NPN-C υπαρχειν 5225 5721 V-PAN αναγκαια 316 A-NPN εστιν 2076 5748 V-PXI-3S

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    VERSE (22) -
    Pr 14:28 Ec 4:9-12; 5:9; 9:14,15 2Co 1:11 Tit 2:9,10

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 12:22

    Antes, los miembros del cuerpo que parecen ms flacos, son mucho ms necesarios;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 12:22

    Verse 22. Those members-which seem to be more
    feeble] These, and the less honourable and uncomely, mentioned in the next verses, seem to mean the principal viscera, such as the heart, lungs, stomach, and intestinal canal. These, when compared with the arms and limbs, are comparatively weak; and some of them, considered in themselves, uncomely and less honourable; yet these are more essential to life than any of the others. A man may lose an eye by accident, and an arm or a leg may be amputated, and yet the body live and be vigorous; but let the stomach, heart, lungs, or any of the viscera be removed, and life becomes necessarily extinct. Hence these parts are not only covered, but the parts in which they are lodged are surrounded, ornamented, and fortified for their preservation and defense, on the proper performance of whose functions life so immediately depends.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 22. Nay, much more those members of the
    body , etc.] The apostle, in a beautiful gradation, proceeds to take notice of such parts of the body as are more weak, dishonourable, and uncomely, showing the necessity and usefulness of them: which seem to be more feeble ; than others, do not consist of a strong bony substance, and are not fenced with sinews, as the belly and its intestines: yet these are necessary ; nor could the body be sustained, nourished, and refreshed, without them; so the more weak and feeble saints, whose hearts and hands are to be strengthened, whose infirmities are to be bore, have their usefulness; and the effectual working in the measure of every part, even of the feeble and tender, maketh increase of the body, to the edifying of itself in love: and these God has seen fit, as necessary to call by his grace, and place in the body, that his strength may be made perfect in their weakness, and to confound the mighty; and out of the mouths even of babes and sucklings to ordain strength and praise.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 12-26 -
    Christ and his church form one body, as Head and members. Christian become members of this body by baptism. The outward rite is of Divin institution; it is a sign of the new birth, and is called therefore the washing of regeneration, Tit 3:5. But it is by the Spirit, only by the renewing of the Holy Ghost, that we are made members of Christ's body And by communion with Christ at the Lord's supper, we are strengthened not by drinking the wine, but by drinking into one Spirit. Each membe has its form, place, and use. The meanest makes a part of the body There must be a distinction of members in the body. So Christ's member have different powers and different places. We should do the duties of our own place, and not murmur, or quarrel with others. All the member of the body are useful and necessary to each other. Nor is there member of the body of Christ, but may and ought to be useful to fellow-members. As in the natural body of man, the members should be closely united by the strongest bonds of love; the good of the whol should be the object of all. All Christians are dependent one upo another; each is to expect and receive help from the rest. Let us the have more of the spirit of union in our religion.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    αλλα
    235 CONJ πολλω 4183 A-DSN μαλλον 3123 ADV τα 3588 T-NPN δοκουντα 1380 5723 V-PAP-NPN μελη 3196 N-NPN του 3588 T-GSN σωματος 4983 N-GSN ασθενεστερα 772 A-NPN-C υπαρχειν 5225 5721 V-PAN αναγκαια 316 A-NPN εστιν 2076 5748 V-PXI-3S

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    22. Seem to be (dokounta - uparcein). The allusion is probably to those which seem to be weaker in their original structure, naturally. This may be indicated by the use of uJparcein to be (see on
    Jas. ii. 15); compare einai to be, in ver. 23. Others explain of those which on occasion seem to be weaker, as when a member is diseased.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    12:22 {Nay, much rather} (alla pollwi mallon). Adversative sense of alla, on the contrary. So
    far from the more dignified members like the eye and the head being independent of the subordinate ones like the hands and feet, they are "much more" (_argumentum a fortiori_, "by much more" pollwi mallon, instrumental case) in need of therm. {Those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary} (ta dokounta mele tou swmatos asqenestera huparcein anagkaia estin). Things are not always what they seem. The vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys) are not visible, but life cannot exist without them.


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