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. I would not come to you.
The sufferings of the apostles. CHAP. IV, V. Of the crime of fornication.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men: 16 Wherefore, I beseech you, be ye for all things are yours;
followers of me. 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, 17 For this cause have I sent unto you or the world, or life, or death, or things Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and present, or things to come; all are yours ; faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you
23 And ye are Christ's: and Christ is into remembrance of my ways which be in God's.
Christ, as I teach every where in every CHAP. IV.
church. ET a man
18 Now some are puffed up, as though the mysteries of God.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the 2 Moreover, it is required in stewards Lord will, and will know, not the speech of that a man be found faithful.
them which are puffed up, but the power. 3. But with me it is a very small thing 20 For the kingdom of God is not in that I should be judged of you, or of man's word, but in power. judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 21 What will ye? shall I come unto you
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of am I not hereby justified: but he that meekness?' judgeth me is the Lord.
CHAP. V. 6 Therefore judge nothing before the TT is reported commonly that there is forbring to light the hidden things of dark- as is not so much as named among the Genness, and will make manifest the counsels tiles, that one should have his father's wife. of the hearts : and then shall every man 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not have praise of God.
rather mourned, that he that hath done this 6 Ånd these things, brethren, I have in deed might be taken away from among you. a figure transferred to myself, and to Apol- 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but los, for your sakes: that ye might learn in present in spirit, have judged already as us not to think of men above that which is though I were present, concerning him written, that no one of you be puffed up that hath so done this deed, for one against another.
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 7 For who maketh thee to differ from when ye are gathered together, and my another? and what hast thou that thou didst spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus not receive? now if thou didst receive it, Christ, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not 5 To deliver such a one unto Satan for received it?
the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit 8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. have reigned as kings without us: and I 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye would to God, ye did reign, that we also not, that a little leaven leaveneth the whole might reign with you.
lump? 9 For I think that God hath set forth us 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, the apostles last, as it were appointed to that ye may be a new lump, as ye are undeath: for we are made a spectacle unto leavened. For even Christ our passover the world, and to angels, and to men. is sacrificed for us :
10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but with old leaven, neither with the leaven of ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we malice and wickedness; but with the unure despised.
leavened bread of sincerity and truth. 11 Even unto this present hour we both 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle, not to hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are company with fornicators: buffeted, and have no certain dwelling- 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicaplace;
tors of this world, or with the covetous, or 12 And labour, working with our own extortioners, or with idolaters : for then hands. Being reviled, we bless; being must ye needs go out of the world. persecuted, we suffer it;
11 But now I have written unto you not 13 Being defamed, we entreat: we to keep company, if any man that is called are made as the filth of the world, and a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or cre the off-scouring of all things unto this an idolater, or a railer, ora drunkard, or an day.
extortioner: with such a one no not to eat. 14 I write not these things to shame you, 12 For what have I to do to judge them but as my beloved sons I warn you. also that are without? do not yc judge
15 For though ye have ten thousand in- them that are within? structors in Christ, yet have ye not many 13 But them that are without God fathers : for in Chrisi Jesus I have begotten judgeth. Therefore put away
arpong you through the gospel.
yourselves that wicked person.
Against going to law. 1. CORINTHIANS. Concerning marriage. CITAP. VT.
in you, which ye have of God, and ge are ARE any of you, having a matter not your own?
against another, go to law before the 20 For ye are bought with a price: unjust, and not before the sainis? therefore glorify God in your body, and ? Do ye not know that the saints shall in your spirit, which are God's. ?
CHAP. VII. judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge Now.concerning the things whereof ye
3 know ye not that we shall judge an- not to touch a woman. gels ? how much more, things that pertain 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, les to this life?
every man have his own wife, andlet every 4 II then ye have judgments of things woman have her own husband. pertaining to this life, set them to judge 3 Let the husband render unto the wife who are least esteemed in the church. due benevolence : and likewise also the
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that wife unto the husband. there is not a wise man among you? no,
4 The wife hath not power of her owa not one that shall be able to judge between body, but the husband : and likewise also his brethren?
the husband hath not power of his own 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, body, but the wise. and that before the unbelievers.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault it be with consent for a time, that ye may among you, because ye go to law one with give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and another. Why do ye not rather take come together again, that Satan tempt you wrong? why do ye not rather suffer your- not for your incontinency. selves to be defrauded?
6 But I speak this by permission, and & Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and not of commandment. that your brethren.
7 For I would that all men were erea 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous as I myself. But every man hath his proshall not inherit the kingdom of God ? Be per giit of God, one after this manner, and not deceived; neither fornicators, nor another after that. idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and nor abusers of themselves with mankind, widows, It is good for them if they abide
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunk- even as I. ards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall 9 But if they cannot contain, let them inherit the kingdom of God.
marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 11 And such were some of you: but ye 10 And unto the married I command, are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, depart from her husband : and by the Spirit of our God.
11 But and if she depart, let her remain 12 All things are lawful unto me, but unmarried, or be reconciled to her hus. all things are not expedient: all things are band: and let not the husband put away lawful for me, but I will not be brought un- his wife. der the power of any:
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord, 13 Mcats for the belly, and the belly If any brother hath a wife that believeth for meats: but God shall destroy both it not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, and them. Now the body is not for forni- let him not put her away. cation, but for the Lord; and the Lord for 13 And the woman which hath a busband the body:
that believeth not, and if he be pleased to 14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, dwell with her, let her not leave him. and will also raise up us by his own power. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanc.
15 Know ye not, that your bodies are tified by the wife, and the unbelieving the members of Christ? shall I then take wife is sanctified by the husband : elee the members of Christ, and make them the were your children unclean ; but now are members of a harlot? God forbid. they holy.
16 What! know ye not that he which 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, him depart. A brother or a sister is not saith he, shall be one fiesh.
under bondage in such cases; but God 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord bath called us to peace. is one spirit.
16 For what knowest thou, O wife, 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a whether thou shalt save thy husband? or man doeth, is without the body ; but he how knowest thou, O man, whether thou thatcommitteth furnication, sinneth against shalt save thy wife? his own body:
17 But as God hath distributed to every 19 What! know ye not that your body man, as the Lord hath called erery one, so is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is let him walk. And so ordain l in all churches.
In unmarried life recominended. CHAP. VIII. Of offending our brethren.
'18 Is any man called being circumcised? gin, if she pass the lower of her age, and let him not become uncircumcised. Is need so require, let him do what he will, any called in uncircumcision? let him not he sinneth not: let them marry, be circumcised.
37 Nevertheless, he that standeth stead. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncir- fast in his heart, having no necessity, but cumcision is nothing, but the keeping of hath power over his own will, and hath so the commandments of God.
decreed in his heart that he will keep his 20 Let every man abide in the same virgin, doeth well. calling wherein he was called.
38 So then he that giveth her in mar21 Årt thou called being a servant? care riage doeth well; but he that giveth her not for it; but if thou mayest be made not in marriage doeth better. free, use it rather.
39 The wife is bound by the law as 21 For he that is called in the Lord, long as her husband liveth ; but if her husbeing a servant, is the Lord's freeman: band be dead, she is at liberty to be marlikewise also he that is called, being free, ried to whom she will; only in the Lord. is Christ's servant.
40 But she is happier if she so abide, 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not after my judgment: and I think also that ye the servants of men.
I have the Spirit of God. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he
CHAP. VIII. is called, therein abide with God.
TOW, as touching things offered unto 25 Now concerning virgins, I have no idols, we know that we all have commandment of the Lord: yet I give my knowledge. Knowledge puffelh up, but judgment as one that hath obtained mercy charity edifieth. of the Lord to be faithful.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth 26 I suppose therefore that this is good any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he for the present distress; I say, that it is ought to know. good for a man so to be.
3 But if any man love God, the same is 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek known of bim. not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a 4 As concerning therefore the eating of wife? seek not a wife.
those things that are offered in sacrifice un28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not to idols, we know that an idol is nothing sinned: and if a virgin marry she hath not in the world, and that there is none other sinned. Nevertheless, such shall have God but one. trouble in the flesh; but I spare you. 5 For though there be that are called
29 But this I say, brethren, The time is gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as short. It remaineth, that both they that there be gods many, and lords many ;) have wives, be as though they had none; 6 But to us there is but one God, the
30 And they that weep, as though they Father, of whom are all things, and we in wept not; and they that rejoice, as though him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as are all things, and we by him. though they possessed not;
7 How beit, there is not in every man 31 And they that use this world, as not that knowledge: for some with conscience abusing it. For the fashion of this world of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing passeth away.
offered unto an idol : and their conscience, 32 But I would have you without care- being weak, is defiled. fulness. He that is unmarried, careth for 8 But mcat commendeth us not to God: the things that belong to the Lord, how he for neither if we eat are we the better ; . may please the Lord:
neither if we eat not, are we the worse. 33 But he that is married, careth for the 9 But take heed lest by any means this things that are of the world, how he may liberty of yours become a stumbling-block please his wife.
to them that are weak. 34 There is difference also between a 10 For if any man see thee, which hast wife and a virgin. The unmarried wo- knowledge, sit at meat in the idol's temman careth for the things of the Lord, that ple, shall not the conscience of him which she may be holy, both in body and in spi- is weak be emboldened to eat those things rit: bui she that is married, careth for the which are offered to idols ; things of the world, 'how she may please 11 And through thy knowledge shall the her husband.
weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 35 And this I speak for your own profit ; 12 But when ye sin so against the brethnot that I may cast a snare upon you, but ren, and wound their weak conscience, ye for that which is comely, and that ye sin against Christ. may attend upon the Lord without dis- 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brotraction.
ther to offend, I will eat no flesh while the 36 But if any man think that he be-world standeth, lest I make my brother to haveth himself incomely toward his vir-offend.
Paul shows his liberty.
I. CORINTHIANS. Life compared to a race. CHAP. IX.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, A
have I not seen Jesus Christ our are under the law, as under the law, that I Lord ? are not ye my work in the Lord ? might gain them that are under the law; 2 I l be not an apostle into others, yet
21 To them that are without law, as doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine without law, (being not without law to apostleship are ye in the Lord.
God, but under the law to Christ,) that I 3 Mine answer to them that do examine might gain them that are without law. me is this;
22 To the weak became I as weak, that 4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? I might gain the weak: I am made all
5 Have we not power to lead about a things to all men, that I might by all means sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and save some. as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?. 23. And this I do for the gospel's sake,
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we that I may be partaker thereol with you. power to forbear working?
24 Know ye not, that they which run in 7 Who goeth a warfare at any time at a race, run all, but one receiveth the his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, prize ? So run, that ye may obtain. and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who 25 And every man that striveth for the feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk mastery is temperate in all things. Now' of the flock?
they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; 8 Say I these things as a man? or saith but we an incorruptible. not the law the same also ?
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox 27 But I keep under my body, and that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take bring it into subjection: lest that by any care for oxen?
means when I have preached to othen, I 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? myself should be a cast-away. For our sakes, no doubt, this is written:
in hope ; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
all our fathers were under the cloud, and 11 If we have sown unto you spiritual all passed through the sea; things, is it a great thing if we shall reap 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in your carnal things?
the cloud and in the sea; 12 If others be partakers of this power 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless 4 And did all drink the same spiritual we have not used this power: but suffer all drink: (For they drank of that spiritual things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Rock that followed them: and that Rock Christ.
was Christ.) 13 Do ye not know that they which mi- 5 But with many of them God was not nister about holy things live of the things well pleased : for they were overthrown in of the temple, and they which wait at the the wilderness. altar are partakers with the altar?
6 Now these things were our examples, 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that to the intent we should not lust after evil they which preach the gospel should live things, as they also lusted. of the gospel.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some 15 But I have used none of these things: of them: as it is written, The people sat neither have I written these things, that it down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. should be so done unto me: for it were 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as better for me to die, than that any man some of them committed, and fell in one should make my glorying void.
day three and twenty thousand. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some have nothing to glory of: for necessity is of them also tempted, and were destroyed laid upon me; yea, wo is unto me, if I of serpents. preach not the gospel!
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have also murmured, and were destroyed of the a reward: but if against my will, a dispen- destroyer. sation of the gospel is committed unto me. in Now all these things happened unto
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, them for ensamples: and they are written when I preach the gospel, I may make the for our admonition, upon whom the ends of gospel of Christ without charge, that I the world are come. abuse not my power in the gospel.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he 19 For though I be free from all men, standeth, take heed lest he fall. yet have I made myself servant unto all, 13 There hath no temptation taken you that I might gain the more.
ibut such as is common to man: but God is
Of things indifferent.
CHAP. XI. Women's heads to be covered. faithful, who will not suffer you to be 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye tempted above that ye are able; but will remember me in all things, and keep the with the temptation also make a way to ordinances, as I delivered them to you. escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 3 But I would have you know, that the
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee head of every man is Christ; and the head from idolatry.
of the woman is the man; and the head of 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye Christ is God. what I say.
4 Every man praying cr prophesying, 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, having his head covered, dishonoureih his is it not the communion of the blood of head. Christ? The bread which we break, is it 5 But every woman that prayeth or pronot the communion of the body of Christ? phesieth with her head uncovered, dis
17 For we being many are one bread, honoureth her head: for that is even all and one body: for we are all partakers of one as if she were shaven. that one bread.
6 For if the woman be not covered, let 18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not her also be shorn : but if it be a shame for they which eat of the sacrifices, partakers a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be of the altar?
covered. 19 What say I then? that the idol is any 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice head, forasmuch as he is the image and to idols is any thing?
glory of God: but the woman is the glory 20. But I say, that the things which the of the man. Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, 8 For the man is not of the woman, but and not to God: and I would not that ye the woman of the man. should have fellowship with devils.
9 Neither was the man created for the 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, woman, but the woman for the man. and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers 10 For this cause ought the woman to have of the Lord'stable, and of the table of devils. power on her head, because of the angels.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? 11 Nevertheless, neither is the man are we stronger than he?
without the woman, neither the woman 23 All things are lawful for me, but all without the man, in the Lord. things are not expedient: all things are 12 For as the woman is of the man, even lawful for me, but all things edify not. so is the man also by the woman; but all
24 Let no man seek his own, but every things of God. man another's wealth.
13 Judge in yourselves: Is it comely that 25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, a woman pray unto God uncovered that eat, asking no question for conscience' 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, sake :
that if a man have long hair, it is a shame 26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the unto him? fulness thereof.
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is 27 If any of them that believe not bid a glory to her: for her hair is given her for you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; a covering: whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no 16 But if any man seem to be contenquestion for conscience sake.
tious, we have no such custom, neither the 28 But if any man say unto you, This is churches of God. offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for 17 Now in this that I declare unto you,
his sake that shewed it, and for conscience' I praise you not, that ye come together not | fulness thereof: sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the for the better, but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when ye come together 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but in the church, I hear that there be divisions of the other: for why is my liberty judged among you; and I partly believe it. of another man's conscience ?
19 For there must be also heresies among 30 For if ! by grace be a partaker, why you, that they which are approved may be am I evil spoken of for that for which I give made manifest among you. thanks?
20 When ye come together therefore 31 Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's whatsoever ye do, doall to the glory of God: supper.
32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, 21 For in eating every one taketh before norto the Gentiles, norto the church of God. other his own supper: and one is hungry,
33 Even as ! please all men in all things, and another is drunken. not seeking mine own profit, but the profit 22 What! have ye not houses to eat of many, that they may be saved. and to drink in? or despise ye the church CHAP. XI.
of God, and shame them that have not? BE
Eye followers of me, even as I also What shall I say to you? shail I praise you am of Christ.
in this? I praise you not.