Put to death,(A) therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:(B) sexual immorality,(C) impurity, lust, evil desires and greed,(D) which is idolatry.(E)

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13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die;(A) but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body,(B) you will live.(C)

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19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,(A) impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.(B) I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.(C)

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24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh(A) with its passions and desires.(B)

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Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?(A) Do not be deceived:(B) Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers(C) nor men who have sex with men[a](D) 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers(E) will inherit the kingdom of God.

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Footnotes

  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.

13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,(A) but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.(B)

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But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality,(A) or of any kind of impurity, or of greed,(B) because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk(C) or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.(D) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater(E)—has any inheritance(F) in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a](G) Let no one deceive you(H) with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath(I) comes on those who are disobedient.(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 5:5 Or kingdom of the Messiah and God

Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

11 Dear friends,(A) I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,(B) to abstain from sinful desires,(C) which wage war against your soul.(D)

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18 Flee from sexual immorality.(A) All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.(B)

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19 Having lost all sensitivity,(A) they have given themselves over(B) to sensuality(C) so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

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21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved(A) over many who have sinned earlier(B) and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery(C) in which they have indulged.

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The Law and Sin

What shall we say, then?(A) Is the law sinful? Certainly not!(B) Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.(C) For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[a](D) But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,(E) produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 7:7 Exodus 20:17; Deut. 5:21

13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.”(A) The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord,(B) and the Lord for the body.

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21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed,(A) malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

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19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.(A)

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15 Outside(A) are the dogs,(B) those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

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But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars(A)—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.(B) This is the second death.”(C)

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Submit Yourselves to God

What causes fights and quarrels(A) among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle(B) within you?

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23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war(A) against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin(B) at work within me.

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Marriage should be honored by all,(A) and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.(B)

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16 See that no one is sexually immoral,(A) or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.(B)

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