1 Corinthians 12:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 12:10, NIV: to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:10, ESV: to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:10, KJV: To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:10, NASB: and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:10, NLT: He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.

1 Corinthians 12:10, CSB: to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of tongues, to another, interpretation of tongues.

What does 1 Corinthians 12:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul continues listing supernatural gifts distributed to Christians by the Holy Spirit. Among believers today, some churches see the gifts of this list as belong primarily to the era of the apostles. Other church groups believe they are distributed and practiced today. All agree that these are gifts empowered by God through the Holy Spirit and available only to those who are in Christ.

The working of miracles, or miraculous powers, may include the ability to heal, in some cases. And yet it also goes beyond that to supernatural displays of God's power for purposes of confirming the gospel message as well as enacting God's judgment.

Prophecy is usually described as delivering a message from God, perhaps with force and conviction. Some believe the gift of prophecy to include the supernatural ability to describe things that cannot be known by the speaker beyond special revelation from the Spirit of God. These might be things happening in the present or that will happen in the future.

The ability to distinguish between spirits may be related to prophecy. This seems to be a supernatural ability to tell whether a speaker truly represents God, or is a false or demonic spirit attempting to mislead God's people.

Various kinds of tongues includes the ability of a Spirit-powered believer to speak in a language not known to him or her. The gift was first seen at Pentecost (Acts 2:1–13). It allowed Peter to preach the message of Jesus to people in their own native language without his knowing those languages.

Interpretation of tongues is the supernatural ability to listen as someone speaks in a language not known to the interpreter, or usually to the speaker, and to translate it so those present can hear it in their own language.