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covetous, or oppressors, or idolaters, of this world : for then indeed ye must go out of the world : 11 but I now write to you, not to associate with him, if any one, called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an oppressor; not even to eat with such an one. 12 For what have I to do to judge those [also] who are without 2 Should not ye judge those who are within : 13 but those who are without, God will judge 2 Put away from among yourselves that wicked person. Ch. VI. 1 DARE any of you, having a matter against another, be judged by the unrighteous, and not by the saints 2 Know ye not that the saints will judge the world 2 but if the world will be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest causes : 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things which belong to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of causes belonging to this life, do ye set those to judge who are of no account in the church : 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, [not even one.] who can decide between his brethren? 6 but is brother brought into judgment with brother, and that before unbelievers ? 7 Now therefore it is certainly a defect among you, that ye have suits one with another. Why do ye not rather suffer wrong?
why are ye not rather defrauded 8 whereas ye wrong, and defraud; and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that injurious men will not inherit the kingdom of God Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor volup
tuous, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor oppressors, will inherit the
kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you : but ye have been washed, but ye have been sanctified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the spirit of our God. * - - - , , , 12 ALL things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient : all things are lawful to me, but I will not be brought under the power of any thing. 13 Meats are for the belly, and the belly is for meats: yet God will destroy both it and them. But the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord ; and the Lord for the body : 14 and God hath both raised up the Lord, and will raise up us also by his power. 15 Know ye not that your bodies are members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of a harlot? By no means. 16 Know ye not that he who is joined to a harlot, is one body ? (for “the two,” saith the scripture, “shall be united into one flesh.”) 17 But he who is joined to the Lord, is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Most sins which a man committeth, are without the body; but he who committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body. 19 Know ye not that your body is the temple of a holy spirit which is in you, which ye have from God, and ye are not your own 20 For ye have been bought with a price: glorify therefore God in your body. CH. VII. 1 NOW concerning the things about which ye have written to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 . Nevertheless, because of avoiding fornications, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to the wife the debt of marriage ; and in like manner the wife also to the husband. 4. The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband: and in like manner the husband also hath not power over his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one another; unless perhaps partly, with consent, for a time, that ye may have leisure for prayer, and may come together again ; that the adversary tempt you not because of your incontinence. 6 But I speak this by way of permission ; not by way of commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every one hath his proper gift from God; one according to this manner, and another according to that. 8 Now I say to widowers and to widows. It is good for them if they remain even as I.
9 But, if they have not continence, let them marry : for it is better to marry than to burn. 10 And to the married, I command, yet not I only but the Lord, that the wife depart not from her husband : 11 (but if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband:) and that the husband do not put away his wife. 12 But as to the rest, 1 speak, not the Lord: If any brother have an unbelieving wife, and she choose to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And if a woman have an unbelieving husband, and he choose to dwell with her, let her not put him away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wise is sanctified in the husband; otherwise your children are unclean; but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving fierson depart, let such depart. The brother or sister is not enslaved in such cases. However, God hath called us to peace. 16 For how knowest thou, O wife, but that thou mayest save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O husband, but that thou mayest save thy wife 2 17. However, according as the Lord hath distributed to every one, according as God hath called every one, so let such walk. And thus I appoint in all the churches. 18 Hath any man been called, being circumcised ? let him not become uncircumcised. Hath any been called in uncircumcision ? let him not become circumcised.
good, because of the present
distress;* I say, that it is good for a man to continue as he is.
: 27 Art thou bound to a wife 2 seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife 2 seek not a wife. 28 But if thou marry, thou hast not sinned : and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless, such will have trouble in the flesh : but I spare you. 29 However, this I say, brethren, The time which remaineth is but short, when those who have wives, will be as those who have none ; 30 and those who weep, as those who weep not; and those who re
joice, as those who rejoice not; and those who buy, as those who possess not; 31 and those who use this world, as those who use it not: for the fashion of this world is passing away. 32 But I would have you without anxious care. He who is unmarried, careth for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord : 33 but he who is married, careth for the things of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is this difference also between a wife and a virgin : The unmarried woman careth for the things of the
| Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit : but
she who is married, careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 Now I speak this for your own advantage; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for the
sake of decency, and for a right
attendance on the Lord without distraction. 36 But if any one think that he behaveth himself unbecomingly towards his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and it ought so to be; let him do what he pleaseth, he sinneth not: let such virgins marry. 37 But he who standeth [firm) in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and determineth thus in his heart, that he will keep his virgin, doth well. 38 So that he who giveth her in marriage, doth well; but he who giveth her not in marriage, doth better.
* i. e. the present persecution of the church,
39 The wife is bound, as long as her husband liveth; but if [her] husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she pleaseth ; only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she remain as she is, according to my judgment: and I also seem to have the spirit of God. C.H. VIII. 1 NOW concerning things offered to idols, we know (for we all have knowledge : knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth : 2 [aowever, if any one think that he know. eth any thing, he knoweth yet [nothing] as he ought to know : 3 but if any one love God, such an one is known by him :) 4 concerning therefore the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idel is nothing in the world, and that there is no [other] God but one. 5 For though there be those who are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, (as there are gods many, and lords many,) 6 yet to us, there is one God, the Father, from whom all things are, and we for him ; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him. 7 However, all have not this knowledge : but some, with a consciousness of the idol, to this hour eat meat, as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But food recommendeth us
eat, are we better than others, nor, if we eat not, are we worse. 9 But take heed, lest by any means this your liberty become a stumbling-block to those who are weak. 10 For if any one see thee, who hath knowledge, placed at meat in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be encouraged to eat things offered to idols 2 11 and through thy knowledge will not thy weak brother, for whom Christ died, perish? - 12 But when ye thus sin against your brethren, and wound their weak
conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore if food
cause my brother to offend, I will not eat flesh to the age, lest I cause my brother to of. fend. CH. IX. 1 AM. I not a freeman 2 am I not an apostle 2 have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord 2 are not ye my work in the Lord 3 2 If I be not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you : for ye are the seal of mine apostleship in the Lord. 3 My defence to those who examine me, is this: 4 Have we not a right to eat and to drink 5 have we not a right to take about with us a sister, well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Peter of 6 or have I only, and Barnabas, no right to forbear working : 7 Who ever servet , in war at his own charge who plant
not to God: for neither, if we
* “A wife, being a sister, Geneva version. Or, a wife who is a sister in Christ.” Im. Ver.
eth a vineyard, and eateth not of its fruit 2 or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 8 Say I these things according to the manner of men ; or doth not the law also say the same 2 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that is treading out the corn.” Doth God take care for oxen only 2 10 Or doth he certainly say this for our sakes also 2 For our sakes, no doubt it was written: for he who ploweth ought to plow in hope; and he who thresheth ought to partake of his hope. 11 If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your worldly things 12 If others partake of this right over you, ought not we rather ? Nevertheless, we have not used this right; but we endure all things, lest we should give any hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 13 Know ye not, that those who minister about holy things eat of that which is holy 2 and that those who attend at the altar, are partakers with the altar 2 14 So likewise the Lord hath appointed to those who preach the gospel, that they should live by the gospel. , 15 But I have used none of these things. Nor have I written these things, that it should be thus done to me: for it were better for me to die, than that any one should make my boasting void. 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of: since necessity is laid
upon me; for woe is to me if
I preach not the gospel. 17