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The sufferings of the apostles. CHAP. IV, V. Of the crime of fornication.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men: for all things are yours;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shail 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 church.
16 Wherefore, I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
ET a so account of
Lemmens of Christ, and stewards of
the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.
would not come to you.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the
3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's 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.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the TT is reported commonly that there is fortime, until the come, both will nication among you, such fornication bring 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 have praise of God.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself, and to Apollos, for your sakes: that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not, that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God, 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 unto the world, and to angels, and to men. is sacrificed for us: 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we ure despised.
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle, not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators 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 are 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 ye 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 Christ Jesus I have begotten judgeth. Therefore put away from among you through the gospel. yourselves that wicked person.
ARE any of you, having a matter not your own? in you, which ye have of God, and ye are against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
20 For ye are bought with a price: 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall in your spirit, which are God's. therefore glorify God in your body, and judge the world? and if the world shall be Judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge NOW concerning the things whereof ye CHAP. VII. not to touch a woman. wrote unto me: It is for a man
Against going to law.
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more, things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, body, but the wife. 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. 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous as I myself. But every man hath his pro7 For I would that all men were even shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be per gift of God, one after this manner, and not deceived; neither fornicators, nor another after that. idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
widows, It is good for them if they abide 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunk-even as I. ards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any,
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let woman have her own husband. every man have his own wife, and let every
3 Let the husband render unto the wife wife unto the husband. due benevolence and likewise also the
body, but the husband: and likewise also 4 The wife hath not power of her own the husband hath not power of his own
16 What! know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
If any brother hath a wife that believeth 12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord, not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath a husband dwell with her, let her not leave him. that believeth not, and if he be pleased to
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15 Know ye not, that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take wife is sanctified by the husband: else the members of Christ, and make them the were your children unclean; but now are members of a harlot? God forbid.
tified by the wife, and the unbelieving 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanc
him depart. A brother or a sister is not
whether thou shalt save thy husband? or
19 What! know ye not that your body
man, as the Lord hath called every one, so 17 But as God hath distributed to every
is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is let him walk. And so ordain lin all churches
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth, is without the body; but he that committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body.
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife 10 And unto the married I command, depart from her husband:
unmarried, or be reconciled to her bus11 But and if she depart, let her remain band: and let not the husband put away his wife.
An unmarried life recommended. CHAP. VIII. Of offending our brethren.
'18 Is any man called being circumcised? gin, if she pass the flower 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 stead19 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 Art 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.
22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.
39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that have the Spirit of God. CHAP. VIII.
23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
TOW,as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have
25 Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but judgment as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress; I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned: and if a virgin marry she hath not sinned. Nevertheless, such shall have God but one. trouble in the flesh; but I spare you.
5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many;)
30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
29 But this I say, brethren, The time is short. It remaineth, that both they that have wives, be as though they had none; 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it. For the fashion of this world passeth away.
7 Howbeit, there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol: and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried, careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither if we eat are we the better;. neither if we eat not, are we the worse.
33 But he that is married, careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
10 For if any man see thee, which hast
34 There is difference also between a 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 but she that is married, careth for the which are offered to idols; things of the world, 'how she may please her husband.
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to them that are weak.
35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without dis- 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother 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 uncomely toward his vir-offend.
Life compared to a race.
Paul shows his liberty.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew,
to them that 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 If I be not an apostle unto 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 might gain them that are without law.
3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this;
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? 5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
22 To the weak became I as weak, that might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23 And this I do for the gospel's sake,
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we that I may be partaker thereof with you. power to forbear working? 24 Know ye not, that they which run in race, run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
7 Who goeth a warfare at any time at a his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away. CHAP. X.
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual all passed through the sea into Moses in
things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
2 And were all baptized the cloud and in the sea;
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power: but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple, and they which wait at the 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 of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, wo is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 11 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 standeth, take heed lest he fall.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is
OREOVER, brethren, I would not that that ye should be ignorant how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: (For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.)
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them: as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
Of things indifferent.
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.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
4 Every man praying or prophesying, 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, having his head covered, dishonoureth 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 thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.
9 Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man.
10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head, because of the angels.
11 Nevertheless, neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
13 Judge in yourselves: Is it comely that
25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, a woman pray unto God uncovered?
14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
17 Now in this that I declare unto you, praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience' sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience' sake for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, norto the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.
33 Even as I please all men in all things,
22 What! have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not?
BEye followers of me, even as I also What shall I say to you? shail I praise you
in this? I you not.