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Remove Sexually Immoral People From Your Church: A Little Leaven Leavens The Lump

Sexual-immorality is actually being heard-of among you— and such sexual immorality which is not even among the Gentiles, that someone has[a] the wife of his father. And you are puffed-up, and did not mourn instead, in order that the one having done this deed might be taken out of your midst. For indeed I, being absent in the body but present in the[b] spirit, have already judged— as-though being present— the one having thus committed this thing. In the name of our Lord Jesus, you and my spirit having been gathered-together, with[c] the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand-over such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, in order that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Your boast is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Clean-out the old leaven, in order that you may be a new lump, just as you are unleavened. For indeed, our Passover [Lamb] was sacrificed[d]— Christ. So then let us celebrate-the-feast not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of badness[e] and evilness, but with the unleavened loaves of purity[f] and truth.

Do Not Even Associate With So-Called Brothers Who Continue To Disobey God

I wrote you in the letter[g] not to associate-with[h] sexually-immoral ones— 10 not at-all meaning with the sexually-immoral ones of this world, or with the greedy and swindlers[i], or with idolaters, because then you would have to go out of the world! 11 But now[j], I wrote[k] to you not to associate-with them if anyone being named a brother should be a sexually-immoral one, or a greedy one, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler— not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what do I have to do with judging the ones outside? Are you not judging the ones inside? 13 But God judges[l] the ones outside. Remove[m] the evil one from-among you yourselves.


  1. 1 Corinthians 5:1 That is, has his step mother as his wife.
  2. 1 Corinthians 5:3 That is, my spirit, as in v 4.
  3. 1 Corinthians 5:4 Or, along-with.
  4. 1 Corinthians 5:7 Or, slaughtered, killed. Paul is applying the Passover celebration to the Corinthians.
  5. 1 Corinthians 5:8 Or, malice.
  6. 1 Corinthians 5:8 Or, sincerity.
  7. 1 Corinthians 5:9 That is, some previous letter; or, this letter.
  8. 1 Corinthians 5:9 Or, keep company with.
  9. 1 Corinthians 5:10 Or, robbers, plunderers.
  10. 1 Corinthians 5:11 Or, But as-it-is.
  11. 1 Corinthians 5:11 Or, did write.
  12. 1 Corinthians 5:13 Or, will judge.
  13. 1 Corinthians 5:13 Or, Purge, Expel.