1 Corinthians Chapter 6

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The main design of this chapter is to reprove the Corinthians for the practice of going to law before heathen courts or magistrates, instead of settling their differences among themselves. It seems that after their conversion they were still in the habit of carrying their causes before heathen tribunals, and this the apostle regarded as contrary to the genius and spirit of the Christian religion, and as tending to expose religion to contempt in the eyes of the men of the world. He, therefore, 1Cor 6:1ff, reproves this practice, and shows them that their differences should be settled among themselves. It seems also that the spirit of litigation and of covetousness had led them in some instances to practise fraud and oppression of each other; and he therefore takes occasion 1Cor 6:8ff to show that this was wholly inconsistent with the hope of heaven and the nature of Christianity.

It would seem, also, that some at Corinth had not only indulged in these and kindred vices, but had actually defended them. This was done by plausible, but sophistical arguments, drawn from the strong passions of men; from the fact that the body was made for eating and drinking, etc. To these arguments the apostle replies in the close of the chapter, 1Cor 6:12ff, and especially considers the sin of fornication, to which they were particularly exposed in Corinth, and shows the heinousness of it, and its entire repugnance to the pure gospel of Christ.


1: Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? edit

2: Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? edit

3: Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? edit

4: If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. edit

5: I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? edit

6: But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. edit

7: Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? edit

8: Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. edit

9: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, edit

10: Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. edit

11: And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. edit

12: All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. edit

13: Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. edit

14: And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. edit

15: Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. edit

16: What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. edit

17: But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. edit

18: Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. edit

19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? edit

20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. edit

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