Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church

1 Corinthians 5

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even 1 named among the Gentiles - that a man has his father's a wife! 2 b And you are 2 puffed up, and have not rather c mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.

3 d For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the e name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, f with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 g deliver such a one to h Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord 3 Jesus.

6 i Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that j a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore 4 purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed k Christ, our l Passover, was sacrificed 5 for us. 8 Therefore m let us keep the feast, n not with old leaven, nor o with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in my epistle p not to 6 keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go q out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company r with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner - s not even to eat with such a person. 12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore t "put away from yourselves the evil person." 7

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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