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1 Corinthians 5

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Bible part  New Testament
Category  Pauline epistles
Order in the Bible part  7
1 Corinthians 5

Book  First Epistle to the Corinthians

1 Corinthians 5 is the fifth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle and Sosthenes in Ephesus.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (ca. AD 450)
  • Papyrus 11 (7th century; extant: verses 5, 7-8)
  • This chapter is divided into 13 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped:

  • 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 = Immorality Defiles the Church
  • 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 = Immorality Must Be Judged
  • Verse 6

    New King James Version

    Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
  • Your glorying is not good
  • Their glorying in their outward flourishing condition, in their riches and wealth, and in their ministers, in their wisdom and parts when under such an humbling dispensation; and especially if their glorying was in the sin itself, and their connivance at it, it was far from being good, it was very criminal, as the consequence of it was dangerous.

  • Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
  • This, in nature, is what everybody knows; and the proverb, which is much used by the Jews, was common in the mouths of all, and the meaning of it easy to be understood: thus, whether applied to the leaven of false doctrine, nothing is more manifest, than when this is let alone, and a stop is not put to it, it increases to more ungodliness; or to vice and immorality, as here; which if not taken notice of by a church, is not faithfully reproved and severely censured, as the case requires, will endanger the whole community; it may spread by example, and, under the connivance of the church, to the corrupting of good manners, and infecting of many.

    Verse 13

    New King James Version

    But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

    Cross references: Deuteronomy 17:7; 19:19; 22:21, 24; 24:7


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