1 Corinthians 5:1–13

Dealing With a Case of Incest

5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife.l And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourningm and have put out of your fellowshipn the man who has been doing this? For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit.o As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesusp on the one who has been doing this. So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man overq to Satanr for the destruction of the flesh,a, b so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.s

Your boasting is not good.t Don’t you know that a little yeastu leavens the whole batch of dough?v Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.w Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened breadx of sincerity and truth.

I wrote to you in my letter not to associatey with sexually immoral people—10 not at all meaning the people of this worldz who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sisterc a but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolaterb or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.c

12 What business is it of mine to judge those outsided the church? Are you not to judge those inside?e 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”d f

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1 Corinthians 14:1–15:58

Intelligibility in Worship

14 Follow the way of loven and eagerly desireo gifts of the Spirit,p especially prophecy.q For anyone who speaks in a tonguea r does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them;s they utter mysteriest by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening,u encouragingv and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tonguew edifiesx themselves, but the one who prophesiesy edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,b but I would rather have you prophesy.z The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,c unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.a

Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelationb or knowledgec or prophecy or word of instruction?d Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?e So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me.f 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit,g try to excel in those that build uph the church.

13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.i 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays,j but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit,k but I will also pray with my understanding; I will singl with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,d say “Amen”m to your thanksgiving,n since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.o

18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.p

20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children.q In regard to evil be infants,r but in your thinking be adults. 21 In the Laws it is written:

“With other tongues

and through the lips of foreigners

I will speak to this people,

but even then they will not listen to me,t

says the Lord.”e

22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy,u however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?v 24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secretsw of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”x

Good Order in Worship

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters?y When you come together, each of youz has a hymn,a or a word of instruction,b a revelation, a tonguec or an interpretation.d Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.e 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

29 Two or three prophetsf should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.g 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.h 33 For God is not a God of disorderi but of peacej—as in all the congregationsk of the Lord’s people.l

34 Womenf should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak,m but must be in submission,n as the lawo says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.g

36 Or did the word of Godp originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophetq or otherwise gifted by the Spirit,r let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.s 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.h

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eagert to prophesy,u and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderlyv way.

The Resurrection of Christ

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