A Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Some notes on the paraphrase:

This passage of scripture relies heavily on the repetition of two words: diversities (sometimes translated as “varieties,” and it is found three times in eleven verses) and same ( which is, at times, translated as one).  You can see my preferences in the paraphrase below.


Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of works, but it is the same God who empowers all of them in everyone. Each person is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the good of all. To one is given, through the Spirit, the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit,  The same Spirit gives to another faith, and  to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit.  Another is given the power to work miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to discern spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who distributes to each person individually, just as the Spirit wills.

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