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1 Corinthians 6:1-7:9Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Lawsuits among Believers

If any of you has a legal dispute against another, do you dare go to court before the unrighteous,[a] and not before the saints? Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest cases? Don’t you know that we will judge angels—not to mention ordinary matters? So if you have cases pertaining to this life, do you select those[b] who have no standing in the church to judge? I say this to your shame! Can it be that there is not one wise person among you who is able to arbitrate between his brothers? Instead, believer[c] goes to court against believer, and that before unbelievers!

Therefore, to have legal disputes against one another is already a moral failure for you. Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you act unjustly and cheat—and you do this to believers! Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality,[d] 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. 11 And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Glorifying God in Body and Spirit

12 “Everything is permissible for me,”[e] but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food,” but God will do away with both of them.[f] The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 15 Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh.[g] 17 But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18 Run from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body.”[h] On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.[i]

Principles of Marriage

Now in response to the matters you wrote[j] about: “It is good for a man not to have relations with[k] a woman.”[l] But because sexual immorality is so common,[m] each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband. A husband should fulfill his marital responsibility to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband. A wife does not have the right over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband does not have the right over his own body, but his wife does. Do not deprive one another sexually—except when you agree for a time, to devote yourselves to[n] prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say the following[o] as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all people were just like me. But each has his own gift from God, one person in this way and another in that way.

A Word to the Unmarried

I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 6:1 Unbelievers; v. 6
  2. 1 Corinthians 6:4 Or life, appoint those (as a command)
  3. 1 Corinthians 6:6 Lit brothers
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:9 Lit adulterers, passive homosexual partners, active homosexual partners
  5. 1 Corinthians 6:12 The words in quotation marks are most likely slogans used by some Corinthian Christians and corrected by Paul.
  6. 1 Corinthians 6:13 Lit both it and them
  7. 1 Corinthians 6:16 Gn 2:24
  8. 1 Corinthians 6:18 See note at 1Co 6:12-13.
  9. 1 Corinthians 6:20 Other mss add and in your spirit, which belong to God.
  10. 1 Corinthians 7:1 Other mss add to me
  11. 1 Corinthians 7:1 Lit not to touch
  12. 1 Corinthians 7:1 The words in quotation marks are a principle that the Corinthians wrote to Paul about to ask for his view.
  13. 1 Corinthians 7:2 Lit because of immoralities
  14. 1 Corinthians 7:5 Other mss add fasting and to
  15. 1 Corinthians 7:6 Lit say this; some interpret the word as referring to v. 2, vv. 2-5, v. 5 (wholly or in part), or v. 6

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