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

  • Lilian
    We are pardoned and redeemed Jesus paid the price for us on the cross we must glorify him and praise Jesus and lift his name amen
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 7:23 YOU ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE BE NOT YOU THE SERVANTS OF MEN PROVERBS 8:13 THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS TO HATE EVIL PRIDE AND ARROGANCY AND THE EVIL WAY AND THE FROWARD MOUTH DO I HATE PSALM 60:11 GIVE US HELP FROM TROUBLE --- FOR VAIN IS THE HELP OF MAN --- JEREMIAH 26:2 THUS SAITH THE LORD STAND IN THE COURT OF THE LORDS HOUSE AND SPEAK UNTO ALL THE CITIES OF JUDAH WHICH COME TO WORSHIP IN THE LORDS HOUSE --- ALL THE WORDS --- THAT I COMMAND THEE TO SPEAK UNTO THEM DIMINISH NOT A WORD PROVERBS 30:6 ADD THOU NOT UNTO HIS WORDS LEST HE REPROVE THEE AND THOU BE FOUND A LIAR JOHN 8:46 WHICH OF YOU CONVINCETH ME OF SIN --- AND IF I SAY THE TRUTH --- WHY DO YOU NOT BELIVE ME ACTS 27:25 WHEREFORE SIRS BE OF GOOD CHEER FOR I BELIEVE GOD THAT IT SHALL BE EVEN AS IT WAS TOLD ME 2 PETER 2:1 BUT THERE WERE FALSE PROPHETS ALSO AMONG THE PEOPLE EVEN AS THERE SHALL BE FALSE TEACHERS AMONG YOU WHO PRIVILY SHALL BRING DAMNABLE HERESIES EVEN DENYING --- THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM --- AND BRING UPON THEMSELVES SWIFT DESTRUCTION PSALM 60:11 GIVE US HELP FROM TROUBLE FOR VAIN IS THE HELP OF MAN HEBREWS 13:6 SO THAT WE MAY BOLDLY SAY --- THE LORD IS MY HELPER --- AND I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN SHALL DO UNTO ME
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 12:1 I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE BRETHREN BY THE MERCIES OF GOD THAT YOU PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE -- HOLY -- ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE --12:2-- AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD BUT BE YOU TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND THAT YOU MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD ACTS 10:35 BUT IN EVERY NATION HE THAT FEARETH HIM AND WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS ACCEPTED WITH HIM 2 CORINTHIANS 5:9 WHEREFORE WE LABOR THAT WHETHER PRESENT OR ABSENT WE MAY BE ACCEPTED OF HIM 2 CORINTHIANS 10:18 FOR NOT HE THAT COMMENDETH HIMSELF IS APPROVED BUT WHOM THE LORD COMMENDETH 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 NOW I BESEECH YOU BRETHREN BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT YOU ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING AND THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU BUT THAT YOU BE PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER IN THE SAME MIND AND IN THE SAME JUDGEMENT
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    We should be constantly reminded that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Gabriel Kyei-Yeboah
    God want us to totally preserve our body for Him always.
  • Ray321
    25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: Paul's gospel is God approved

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