1 Corinthians
Chapter 5

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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.

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.

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,

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 an 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?

7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

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.

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 extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Commentary for 1 Corinthians 5

The apostle blames the Corinthians for connivance at an incestuous person; (1-8) and directs their behaviour towards those guilty of scandalous crimes. (9-13)1-8 The apostle notices a flagrant abuse, winked at by the Corinthians. Party spirit, and a false notion of Christian liberty, seem to have saved the offender from censure. Grievous indeed is it that crimes should sometimes be committed by professors of the gospel, of which even heathens would be ashamed. Spiritual pride and false doctrines tend to bring in, and to spread such scandals. How dreadful the effects of sin! The devil reigns where Christ does not. And a man is in his kingdom, and under his power, when not in Christ. The bad example of a man of influence is very mischievous; it spreads far and wide. Corrupt principles and examples, if not corrected, would hurt the whole church. Believers must have new hearts, and lead new lives. Their common conversation and religious deeds must be holy. So far is the sacrifice of Christ our Passover for us, from rendering personal and public holiness unnecessary, that it furnishes powerful reasons and motives for it. Without holiness we can neither live by faith in him, nor join in his ordinances with comfort and profit.

9-13 Christians are to avoid familiar converse with all who disgrace the Christian name. Such are only fit companions for their brethren in sin, and to such company they should be left, whenever it is possible to do so. Alas, that there are many called Christians, whose conversation is more dangerous than that of heathens!

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 5

  • Ray321
    2 Corinthians 6 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you. A born again child of God will not hang with unbeliever and sin. We can judge the believers with Love and prayer, but we can not judge the lost, that will be God's doing.
  • Tammy427
    We are instructed to judge but using God's Word as our standard, not our own convictions, sins, etc. BUT...we are warned that if we are to judge that we must be prepared to be judged in the same fashion. Not only do we need to examine our motives during said judging but we also need to make sure that we are doing so in the spirit of reconciliation. We need to pray, edify and lift up the stumbling.
  • Susanne Brown
    I feel like in our day now we are repeating Sodom and Gomorrah! I sincerely pray for our country our world for repentance and not forget who God is and His wrath
  • Jori Richard
    1 Corinthians 5:1 the man was having sex with his Fathers wife. The answer is to deliver that man unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved. This shows that the man is saved, or can be saved. This verse corresponds with Leviticus 20:11. Leviticus 20:13 is about sodomites, I believe that they can be saved, because the person in Leviticus 20:11 can be.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 5:11BUT NOW HAVE I WRITTEN UNTO YOU NOT TO KEEP COMPANY IF ANY MAN THAT IS CALLED A BROTHER BE A FORNICATOR OR COVETOUS OR AN IDOLATER OR A RAILER OR A DRUNKARD OR AN EXTORTIONER WITH SUCH AN ONE NO NOT TO EAT
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 5:12 FOR WHAT HAVE I TO DO TO JUDGE THEM ALSO THAT ARE WITHOUT DO NOT YOU JUDGE THEM THAT ARE WITHIN 5:12 BUT THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT GOD JUDGETH THEREFORE PUT AWAY FROM AMONG YOURSELVES THAT WICKED PERSON PSALM 33:5 HE LOVETH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGEMENT THE EARTH IS FULL OF THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD
  • Irene123
    I need to clarify something; I'm not judging Jews; I was simply pointing out something about the star they use to anyone who may wonder about it. I give out info'; I don't judge. Jesus loves His PEOPLE more than I do - and I do love and pray for them; Pray for the PEACE of Jerusalem. There are those who judge - without considering the circumstances. GB
  • Wayne
    Matt. 7, and following, Judge not that you be not judged. Talking about hypocrisy. Chastising someone and being in worse spiritual condition than the accused. A speck in their eye and a log in the accusers eye. The object of judging is righteous judgment, as Christ. He did the will of His Father, in righteous judgment. Always pray for the struggling brother and sister. Uplift and edify. GB

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Bible Trivia

What does a little leaven do?
  • Make the lump taste better
  • Leaven the whole lump
  • Make the Lump stale
  • Cause heartbreak