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ET every man, therefore, account us only as ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God: 2 in all other things, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful; 3 yet, it is of the very least concern to me, that I should be judged by you, or by any human judgment; yea, Ijudge not myself: 4 for, though I am conscious in myself of nothing, yet I am not thereby justified; but, he who must judge me, is the Lord. 5 Judge nothing, therefore, before the time; until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then, each will have his praise
6 And these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred
to myself and Apollos, for your c. iii. 5-13.
sakes; that, by us, ye may learn, not to think above that which is written; that none of you be elated for the one, against the other : 7 for, who distinguisheth thee? and what hast thou, that thou hast not received 2 but, if thou hast received it, why gloriest thou, as if thou hadst not received it 2 8 are ye already full? are ye already rich? have ye reigned as kings without us? truly, I would ye did reign, that we also might reign with you: 9 for, I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle, both to the world, to angels, and to men: 10 we are made fools for Christ's sake, but ye are made wise in Christ; we are made weak, but ye are made strong; ye are made honourable, but we are despised : 11 to the present hour, we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and buffeted, and
have no certain dwelling-place; Matt. viii. 20.
and labour, working with our own hands: 12 when reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure: when defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the
world, as the offscouring of all things, unto this day. 13 I write not these things to reproach you; but, as my beloved sons, I admonish you: 14 for, though ye had ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet ye would not have many fathers; for, I have begotten you in Christ, through the gospel: 15 I beseech you, therefore, be ye imitators of me. 16 For this cause I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord; who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach every where, in every church. 17 But, some are elated, as if I should not come to you: 18 yet I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will; and I shall then ascertain, not the speech only, but also the power of them who are so elated : 19 for, the kingdom of God consisteth not in speech, but in power. 20 Which will ye? that I come to you with a rod; or with love, and a spirit of meekness?
IT is commonly reported, that there is fornication among you, and such a fornication as is not known even among the Gentiles; that one of you hath his father's wife:
2 yet ye are elated, and have not rather mourned ; that he who hath done this deed, might be taken away from among you. 3 But I, though absent indeed in body, yet present in spirit, have already thus judged, as if I were present, concerning him who hath so done this deed : 4 in the name of our Lord Jesus, (when yourselves and my spirit are assembled, with the power of our Lord Jesus,) 5 to deliver such an one to Satan, for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. 6 Your glorying is not right: know ye not, that a little leaven leaveneth the whole heap 2 7 purge out, therefore, the former leaven, that ye may be a new heap, according as ye are unleavened: 8 for, Christ our passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast: 9 not with the former leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but, with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 10 I wrote to you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators; 11 not altogether with the fornicators, or the covetous and extortioners, or idolaters of this world; for them, indeed, ye must go out of the world: 12 but I now write to you, not to keep company with any one who is called a brother, if he be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one not even to eat : 13 for, what have I to do with judging those that are without ! 14 do not ye judge them that are within; and God judge them that are without 7 15 Put ye away that wicked person, from among you.
CHAPTER VI. DOTH any one of you, who
hath a matter against an
other, dare to seek judgment from the unjust, and not from the saints?
2 know ye not, that the saints will judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 know ye not, that we shall judge angels? and shall we not, then, judge the things that pertain to this life?
4 if, then, ye may hold judgments of things pertaining to this life, do ye set those to judge you, who are of no esteem in the church 2 I speak it to your reproach:
5 are ye so entirely without one among you, wise enough to be able to decide between his brethren 2 but, brother seeketh judgment against brother, and that from the unbelievers? 6 Now, it is altogether a fault among you, that ye seek any judgments one againstanother: 7 why do ye not rather submit to be injured 2 why do ye not rather submit to be defrauded? 8 nay, ye yourselves injure and defraud, and that your brethren : 9 know ye not, that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? 10 Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 11 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God: 12 and such were some of you; but, ye are washed, yea, ye are sanctified, yea, ye are justified, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God. 13 Though all things be lawful to me, yet all are not expedient: though all things be lawful to me, yet I will not be brought under the power of any :
c. x. 23.
Gen. ii. 24.
c. iii. 16.
c. vii. 23.
14 though food is for the belly, and the belly for food; God will destroy both it and them : 15 but, the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body: and, as God hath raised the Lord, so also will he raise us, by his power. 16 Know ye not, that your bodies are members of Christ? 17 shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them members of an harlot? God forbid! 18 or, know ye not, that he who is joined to an harlot, is one body with her 2 for “The “two,” saith he, “shall be as “one flesh.” 19 but, he who is joined to the Lord, is one spirit with him. 20 Flee fornication: every other sin that a man doth, is without the body; but, he who committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body: 21 or, know ye not, that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit that is within you, and that ye are not your own 2 for, ye have been bought with a price: 22 glorify God, therefore, in your body.
ND, as to those things concerning which ye wrote:
It is good, that a man should not touch a woman : 2 nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to the wife her due; and so also the wife, to the husband : 4 the wife hath not authority over her own body, but the husband ; and likewise also, the husband hath not authority over his own body, but the wife: 5 deprive not one the other, unless it be with consent, for a season, that ye may have leisure for prayer; and be together again, that Satan may not tempt you by incontimency. 6 But this I say as a permission, not as a command; for I would, that all men were even as I am myself: 7 but, each hath his own gift from God; one after this manmer, and another after that : 8 I say, therefore, to the unmarried, and to the widows, It will be good for them, if they continue even as I am ; 9 but, if they cannot contain, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn. 10 And to the married I enjoin, yet not I only, but also the Lord, That a wife depart not from her husband; 11 but if she depart, let her either remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not a husband put away his wife. 12 But, as to the rest, I speak, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away; 13 and the woman who hath an husband that believeth not, if he also be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave her husband: 14 for, the unbelieving husband is sanctified by his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband who is a brother: otherwise, truly, your children would be unclean; but now they are holy. 15 But, if the unbelieving husband or wife depart, let him depart: a brother, or a sister, is not under bondage in such cases; and God hath called us to peace: 16 for, how knowest thou, O wife, if thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O husband, if thou shalt save thy wife? 17 Only, as the Lord hath apportioned to each, as God hath called each, so let him walk; and thus I ordain in all the churches: 18 Hath any one been called, being circumcised? let him not seek to become uncircumcised : hath any one been called in
uncircumcision ? let him not
1 Sam. xv. 22.
c. vi. 21.