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Sexual Immorality in the Church

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and sexual immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has (A)his father’s wife. And [a]you (B)have become puffed up and [b]have not (C)mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be (D)removed from your midst.

For I, on my part, though (E)absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present: (F)in the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and [c]I with you in spirit, (G)with the power of our Lord Jesus, (H)deliver such a one to (I)Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in (J)the day of [d]the Lord.

(K)Your boasting is not good. (L)Do you not know that (M)a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ, our (N)Passover lamb, also was sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, (O)not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

I wrote you in my letter (P)not to associate with sexually immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the greedy and swindlers, or with (Q)idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate [e]with any so-called (R)brother if he is a sexually immoral person, or greedy, or (S)an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging (T)outsiders? (U)Are you not to judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God will judge. (V)Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.


  1. 1 Corinthians 5:2 Or have you...?
  2. 1 Corinthians 5:2 Or have you...?
  3. 1 Corinthians 5:4 Lit my spirit, with the power
  4. 1 Corinthians 5:5 Some mss Jesus, Jesus Christ
  5. 1 Corinthians 5:11 Lit together if any man called a brother is