1 Corinthians 6:12

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

All things are lawfull vnto mee, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawfull for mee, but I will not bee brought vnder the power of any.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

All things are lawful for me; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I am free to do all things; but not all things are wise. I am free to do all things; but I will not let myself come under the power of any.
- Basic English Bible

All things are lawful to me, but all things do not profit; all things are lawful to me, but *I* will not be brought under the power of any.
- Darby Bible

All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
- Webster's Bible

Everything is allowable to me, but not everything is profitable. Everything is allowable to me, but to nothing will I become a slave.
- Weymouth Bible

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be brought under the power of anything.
- World English Bible

Alle thingis ben leeueful to me, but not alle thingis ben spedeful. Alle thingis ben leeueful to me, but Y schal not be brouyt doun vndur ony mannus power.
- Wycliffe Bible

All things are lawful to me, but all things are not profitable; all things are lawful to me, but I -- I will not be under authority by any;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 6:12


6:12 All things - Which are lawful for you. Are lawful for me, but all things are not always expedient - Particularly when anything would offend my weak brother; or when it would enslave my own soul. For though all things are lawful for me, yet I will not be brought under the power of any - So as to be uneasy when I abstain from it; for, if so, then I am under the power of it.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 6:12


1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient. Paul had taught that a Christian could use liberty in regard to things indifferent. Some seem to have held that this justified indulgence, as was taught by the Epicureans. Paul says in substance, "Be it so; but all things are not expedient", for the Christian, Christ's freeman, must "not be brought under the power of any" appetite. Whoever is thus subjected is not a freeman, but a servant, the servant of sin. Though all things are in our power, we must not be brought under their power.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 6:12

  • Charlotte for verse 12
    Lord show me what masters me other than you and empower amen help me to release these things in obedience and be mastered only by you...in Jesus name I pray
  • Tony Frank for verse 12
    The born again christian is not a sinner even if he does something sinful because the body of sin is yet to be destroyed. However, such indulgence is a work of the flesh which is proof that the christian is not mortifying the deeds of his flesh by the Spirit.
  • 1Corinthians 6 12I believe that Paul is first talking about sacrifice eating of meat that was sacrifice to idols but as Christians we have free choice to what ever we can, but all things are not wise but if a thing being spiritual or carnal if it if caused problem for people and their surrendering to the Love of Christ we as Christian we should not present a stumbling blocks for our bother.

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