1 Corinthians 5:1

“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

It is reported commonly, that there is fornication among you, and such fornication, as is not so much as named amongst the Gentiles, that one should haue his fathers wife.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not even among the Gentiles, that one `of you' hath his father's wife.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is said, in fact, that there is among you a sin of the flesh, such as is not seen even among the Gentiles, that one of you has his father's wife.
- Basic English Bible

It is universally reported [that there is] fornication among you, and such fornication as [is] not even among the nations, so that one should have his father's wife.
- Darby Bible

It is reported commonly that there is lewdness among you, and such lewdness as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
- Webster's Bible

It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and of a kind unheard of even among the Gentiles--a man has his father's wife!
- Weymouth Bible

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father's wife.
- World English Bible

In al maner fornycacioun is herd among you, and siche fornycacioun, which is not among hethene men, so that summan haue the wijf of his fadir.
- Wycliffe Bible

Whoredom is actually heard of among you, and such whoredom as is not even named among the nations -- as that one hath the wife of the father! --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 5:1


5:1 Fornication - The original word implies criminal conversation of any kind whatever. His father's wife - While his father was alive.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 5:1


1Co 5:1 Impurity in the Church SUMMARY OF I CORINTHIANS 5: The Incestuous Person. The Discipline Commanded. The Old Leaven to Be Purged Out. Heinous Offenders Not to Be Recognized Socially in the Church. [There is] fornication among you. Licentiousness was one of the besetting sins of the Gentiles at this time. Purity of life was almost unknown. So far was unchastity from being held in disrepute that temples were everywhere dedicated to Aphrodite (Venus), and in Corinth at the time when Paul wrote there stood one with a thousand priestesses, harlots, a gigantic brothel in the name of religion. It is not wonderful that time was required to cleanse the church, formed of converts from these heathen, from impurity. Not so much as named among the Gentiles. There was in the church a still worse case than the Gentiles would condone; a man had taken, probably after the death of his father, his father's wife, his own step-mother. This sort of incest was condemned by Greeks and Romans (Cicero, "Oratio pro Cluentio").

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