1 Corinthians 5

Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church

1 It is actually reported that there is w sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, x for a man has his father's wife. 2 And y you are arrogant! Ought you z not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

3 For though a absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4 When you are assembled b in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are c to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so d that his spirit may be saved e in the day of the Lord. 1

6 f Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that g a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, h not with the old leaven, i the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in my letter j not to associate with sexually immoral people - 10 k not at all meaning l the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, m since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone n who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler - not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging o outsiders? p Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges 2 those outside. q "Purge the evil person from among you."

  1. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 12:21
    I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.
  2. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:8
    You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife; it is your father's nakedness.
    Deuteronomy 22:30
    A man shall not take his father's wife, so that he does not uncover his father's nakedness.
    Deuteronomy 27:20
    "'Cursed be anyone who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's nakedness.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:6
    I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.
  4. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:7 - 10
    And not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.
  5. Cross References
    Colossians 2:5
    For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
    1 Thessalonians 2:17
    But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face.
  6. Cross References
    2 Thessalonians 3:6
    Now we command you, brothers, in the name of ou...
    Matthew 16:19
    I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heav...
    Matthew 18:18
    Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth...
    John 20:23
    If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiv...
    2 Corinthians 13:3
    Since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in...
    2 Corinthians 13:10
    For this reason I write these things while I am...
    1 Timothy 5:20
    As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in...
  7. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:20
    Among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
    Job 2:6
    And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.
    Acts 26:18
    To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:14
    If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:8
    Who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  10. Cross References
    James 4:16
    As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
    1 Corinthians 5:2
    And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
  11. Cross References
    Galatians 5:9
    A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
    1 Corinthians 15:33
    Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals.
  12. Cross References
    Exodus 12:15
    Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
    Deuteronomy 16:3
    You shall eat no leavened bread with it. Seven days you shall eat it with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction - for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste - that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt.
  13. Cross References
    Matthew 16:6
    Jesus said to them, "Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
    Matthew 16:12
    Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
    Mark 8:15
    And he cautioned them, saying, "Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.
    Luke 12:1
    In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
  14. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 6:14
    Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
    Ephesians 5:11
    Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
    2 Thessalonians 3:6
    Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
    2 Thessalonians 3:14
    If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
  15. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 10:27
    If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience.
  16. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:5
    For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ( that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
    Colossians 3:5
    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
    1 Corinthians 6:9
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality.
  17. Cross References
    John 17:15
    I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
  18. Cross References
    2 Thessalonians 3:6
    Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
  19. Cross References
    Mark 4:11
    And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.
  20. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:1 - 4
    When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
  21. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:5
    But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shal...
    Deuteronomy 17:7
    The hand of the witnesses shall be first agains...
    Deuteronomy 17:12
    The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying ...
    Deuteronomy 21:21
    Then all the men of the city shall stone him to...
    Deuteronomy 22:21 - 22
    Then they shall bring out the young woman to th...
    Deuteronomy 22:24
    Then you shall bring them both out to the gate ...
    Judges 20:13
    Now therefore give up the men, the worthless fe...
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