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Take Your Disputes With Brothers To Wise Judges In The Church, Not To The World’s Courts

Does any one of you, having a matter against the other, dare to go-to-court[a] before the unrighteous ones, and not before the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy of the smallest cases[b]? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Shall I not-indeed mention things-pertaining-to-this-life? So indeed, if you have cases pertaining-to-this-life, are you seating[c] these [as judges]— the ones having been of-no-account[d] in the church? I say this to your shame. So is there not among you anyone wise who will be able to discern[e] between his brother and this brother?— but brother is going-to-court against brother, and this before unbelievers?

Better To Be Wronged Than To Wrong Your Brother With a Lawsuit

So indeed, it is already actually a defeat[f] for you that you have lawsuits with each other. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded[g]? But you are wronging and defrauding— and this [your own] brothers!

Wrongdoers Will Not Inherit The Kingdom. But You Were Cleansed of Such Things

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived. Neither sexually-immoral ones, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homo-erotic-partners[h], nor homosexuals[i], 10 nor thieves, nor greedy ones— not drunkards, not revilers, not swindlers— will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And some of you were these things. But you washed-them-away[j], but you were sanctified[k], but you were declared-righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Do Not Be Sexually Immoral

12 “All[l] things are lawful[m] to me”, but not all things are beneficial[n]. “All things are lawful to me”, but I will not be mastered by any. 13 Foods[o] are for the stomach and the stomach for foods. But God will do-away-with[p] both this and these. But the body is not for sexual-immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14 And God both raised the Lord and will raise us up by His power.

Your Bodies Are Body-Parts of Christ: Flee Sexual Immorality

15 Do you not know that your bodies are body-parts[q] of Christ? Therefore, having taken-away the body-parts of Christ, shall I make them body-parts of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one joining himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says [in Gen 2:24] “the two will be one flesh”. 17 But the one joining himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18 Be fleeing sexual immorality.

Your Body Is The Temple of The Holy Spirit. Glorify God In Your Body

Every sin which a person may do is outside the body. But the one committing-sexual-immorality is sinning against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in you, Whom you have from God? And you are not your own[r], 20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.


  1. 1 Corinthians 6:1 Or, to be judged.
  2. 1 Corinthians 6:2 Or, courts.
  3. 1 Corinthians 6:4 Or, seat these... church! (speaking sarcastically).
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:4 Or, disdained, despised.
  5. 1 Corinthians 6:5 Or, decide, judge.
  6. 1 Corinthians 6:7 Or, failure.
  7. 1 Corinthians 6:7 Or, robbed, deprived.
  8. 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or, catamites. That is, males kept by older males for this purpose.
  9. 1 Corinthians 6:9 That is, males who engage in sex with other males.
  10. 1 Corinthians 6:11 Or, washed-away your sins; washed yourselves.
  11. 1 Corinthians 6:11 Or, made holy.
  12. 1 Corinthians 6:12 Paul may have said this to the Corinthians about Jewish food restrictions, as he does in 10:23. But they were wrongly applying it to sexual matters.
  13. 1 Corinthians 6:12 Or, permitted. Paul may be quoting their slogan.
  14. 1 Corinthians 6:12 Or, useful, profitable, advantageous.
  15. 1 Corinthians 6:13 This too could be their slogan.
  16. 1 Corinthians 6:13 Or, bring to nothing.
  17. 1 Corinthians 6:15 Or, limbs, members.
  18. 1 Corinthians 6:19 That is, you do not belong to yourself.

Lawsuits Among Believers

If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people?(A) Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world?(B) And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? I say this to shame you.(C) Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?(D) But instead, one brother(E) takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!(F)

The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?(G) Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.(H) Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?(I) Do not be deceived:(J) Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers(K) nor men who have sex with men[a](L) 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers(M) will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were.(N) But you were washed,(O) you were sanctified,(P) you were justified(Q) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Sexual Immorality

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.(R) “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.”(S) The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord,(T) and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead,(U) and he will raise us also.(V) 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?(W) Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b](X) 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c](Y)

18 Flee from sexual immorality.(Z) All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.(AA) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples(AB) of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;(AC) 20 you were bought at a price.(AD) Therefore honor God with your bodies.(AE)


  1. 1 Corinthians 6:9 The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.
  2. 1 Corinthians 6:16 Gen. 2:24
  3. 1 Corinthians 6:17 Or in the Spirit