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What does the word “helps” mean in 1 Corinthians 12:28?

In the King James Version, this verse reads

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1 Cor 12:28 KJV)

In the Common English Bible, it reads

In the church, God has appointed first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, the ability to help others, leadership skills, different kinds of tongues. (1 Cor 12:28 CEB)

The word “helps” in the KJV means “the ability to help or assist others”.

From New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

HELP.  Besides its usual meaning of assistance, a technical application is given the term in 1 Cor. 12:28 (Gk. antilepsis; a laying hold of), where it is used in connection with the ministrations of the deacons who have care of the sick, and refers to helpers.


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