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1 Corinthians 12:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— If the whole body [were] an eye, where the hearing? if all hearing, where the smelling?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If, the whole body, were, an eye, where were the hearing? If, the whole were, hearing, where were, the smelling?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— If the whole body [were] an eye, where the hearing? if the whole hearing, where the smelling?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For if the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? And if the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And if the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? Or if it were all hearing, where would be the smelling?

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If 1487
{1487} Prime
εἰ
ei
{i}
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
whole 3650
{3650} Prime
ὅλος
holos
{hol'-os}
A primary word; 'whole' or 'all', that is, complete (in extent, amount, time or degree), especially (neuter) as noun or adverb.
body 4983
{4983} Prime
σῶμα
soma
{so'-mah}
From G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.
[were] an eye, 3788
{3788} Prime
ὀφθαλμός
ophthalmos
{of-thal-mos'}
From G3700; the eye (literally or figuratively); by implication vision; figuratively envy (from the jealous side glance).
where 4226
{4226} Prime
ποῦ
pou
{poo}
Genitive case of πός [[pos]], an interrogitive pronoun, (what) otherwise obsolete (perhaps the same as G4225 used with the rising slide of inquiry); as adverb of place; at (by implication to) what locality.
[were] the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
hearing? 189
{0189} Prime
ἀκοή
akoe
{ak-o-ay'}
From G0191; hearing (the act, the sense or the thing heard).
If 1487
{1487} Prime
εἰ
ei
{i}
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
the whole 3650
{3650} Prime
ὅλος
holos
{hol'-os}
A primary word; 'whole' or 'all', that is, complete (in extent, amount, time or degree), especially (neuter) as noun or adverb.
[were] hearing, 189
{0189} Prime
ἀκοή
akoe
{ak-o-ay'}
From G0191; hearing (the act, the sense or the thing heard).
where 4226
{4226} Prime
ποῦ
pou
{poo}
Genitive case of πός [[pos]], an interrogitive pronoun, (what) otherwise obsolete (perhaps the same as G4225 used with the rising slide of inquiry); as adverb of place; at (by implication to) what locality.
[were] the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
smelling? 3750
{3750} Prime
ὄσφρησις
osphresis
{os'-fray-sis}
From a derivative of G3605; smell (the sense).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 12:17

_ _ Superior as the eye is, it would not do if it were the sole member to the exclusion of the rest.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:12-26.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 12:17

(11) If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling?

(11) Again speaking to them, he shows them that if that should come to pass which they desire, that is, that all should be equal one to another, there would follow a destruction of the whole body, indeed and of themselves. For it could not be a body unless it were made of many members knit together, and different from one another. And that no man might find fault with this division as unequal, he adds that God himself has joined all these together. Therefore all must remain joined together, that the body may remain in safety.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1 Corinthians 12:29 [Are] all apostles? [are] all prophets? [are] all teachers? [are] all workers of miracles?
1 Samuel 9:9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for [he that is] now [called] a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)
Psalms 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
Psalms 139:13-16 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. ... Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.
Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
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1S 9:9. Ps 94:9; 139:13. Pv 20:12. 1Co 12:21, 29.

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