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6 Does anyone of you, when he has a difficulty with another, dare to bring the case before the lawless and not before the holy? 2 Or do you not know that the holy will judge the world? and if the world gets judged by you, are you unfit for petty trials? 3 Do you not know we shall judge angels? not to say secular matters. 4 Then if you do have secular cases to try, it is just those who do not amount to anything in the church that you set on the bench! 5 * I say it to your shame. Are you so totally without any wise man among you who can decide between his brothers, 6 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 It is a blot on you anyhow, to begin with, that you do have lawsuits with each other; why not sooner have injustice done you? why not sooner have your rightful dues held back? 8 But you yourselves do injustice and hold back rightful dues, and to brothers at that; 9 or do you not know that unjust men will not inherit God’s Reign? Make no mistake: neither libertines nor idolaters nor adulterers nor any who practice sodomy or submit to it 10 nor thieves nor overreaching or drunken or abusive or grasping people will inherit the Reign of God. 11 * And that is what you, some of you, were; but you were washed clean! you were sanctified! but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God! 12 Everything is free to me, but not everything is advantageous. Everything is free to me, but I for my part am not going to be brought into subjection by anything. 13 Foods for the stomach, and the stomach for foods—but God will supersede both that and those. But the body is not for unchastity but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body; 14 and God both raised the Lord and will raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are organs of Christ? So am I to take away the Christ’s organs and make them organs of a loose woman? away with the thought! 16 * Or do you not know that he who has a connection with a loose woman is one body? for “the two shall become one flesh,” it says. 17 * But he who has a connection with the Lord is one spirit. 18 ** Keep clear of unchastity! Any sin that a man commits is outside the body; but he who has unchaste relations sins against his own body. 19 * Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit that you have in you, which comes to you from God, and you do not belong to yourselves? 20 * For you were bought and paid for. Glorify God in your body.
^ 6:5 Lit. between his brother Var. between a brother and his brother
^ 6:11 Lit. And these things are what
^ 6:16 Lit. he who glues himself to
^ 6:17 Lit. he who glues himself to
^ 6:18 Lit. Flee from unchastity
^ 6:18 Or into his own body
^ 6:19 Lit. the Holy Spirit in you, which you have from God
^ 6:20 (and paid for) Lit. for a price