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Disciplining for Sexual Immorality

It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, and of a kind that is not found even among the gentiles. A man is actually living with his father’s wife! And you are being arrogant instead of being filled with grief and seeing to it that the man who did this is removed from among you. Even though I am away from you physically, I am with you in spirit. I have already passed judgment on the man who did this, as though I were present with you. In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are gathered together (and I am there in spirit), and the power of our Lord Jesus is there, too, turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of his body,[a] so that his spirit may be saved on the Day of the Lord.[b]

Your boasting is not good. You know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough, don’t you? Get rid of the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough, since you are to be free from yeast. For the Messiah,[c] our Passover, has been sacrificed. So let’s keep celebrating the festival, neither with old yeast nor with yeast that is evil and wicked, but with yeast-free bread that is both sincere and true.

I wrote to you in my letter to stop associating with people who are sexually immoral— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, greedy, robbers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you to stop associating with any so-called brother if he is sexually immoral, greedy, an idolater, a slanderer, a drunk, or a robber. You must even stop eating with someone like that. 12 After all, is it my business to judge outsiders? You are to judge those who are in the community, aren’t you? 13 God will judge outsiders. “Expel that wicked man.”[d]


  1. 1 Corinthians 5:5 Or flesh
  2. 1 Corinthians 5:5 Other mss. read Lord Jesus; still other mss. read our Lord Jesus, the Messiah
  3. 1 Corinthians 5:7 Or Christ
  4. 1 Corinthians 5:13 Deut 17:7 (LXX)