THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (Author Paul)

5:1¤ It is absolutely heard that there is fornication among you and such fornication as the like is not among the heathens: that one should have his father's wife.

5:2And you are puffed up and have not rather mourned: that he might be taken away from among you that hath done this deed.

5:3I indeed, absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him that hath so done,

5:4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus:

5:5To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5:6Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump?

5:7Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ our pasch is sacrificed.

5:8Therefore, let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

5:9I wrote to you in an epistle not to keep company with fornicators.

5:10I mean not with the fornicators of this world or with the covetous or the extortioners or the servers of idols: otherwise you must needs go out of this world.

5:11But now I have written to you, not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother be a fornicator or covetous or a server of idols or a railer or a drunkard or an extortioner: with such a one, not so much as to eat.

5:12For what have I to do to judge them that are without? Do not you judge them that are within?

5:13For them that are without, God will judge. Put away the evil one from among yourselves.

6:1¤ Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to be judged before the unjust: and not before the saints?

6:2Know you not that the saints shall judge this world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

6:3Know you not that we shall judge angels? How much more things of this world?

6:4If therefore you have judgments of things pertaining to this world, set them to judge who are the most despised in the church.

6:5I speak to your shame. Is it so that there is not among you any one wise man that is able to judge between his brethren?

6:6But brother goeth to law with brother: and that before unbelievers.

6:7Already indeed there is plainly a fault among you, that you have law suits one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong? Why do you not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

6:8But you do wrong and defraud: and that to your brethren.

6:9Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers: Nor the effeminate nor liers with mankind,

6:10Nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor railers nor extortioners shall possess the kingdom of God.

6:11And such some of you were. But you are washed: but you are sanctified: but you are justified: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God.

6:12All things are lawful to me: but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful to me: but I will not be brought under the power of any.

6:13Meat for the belly and the belly for the meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. But the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord: and the Lord for the body.

6:14Now God hath both raised up the Lord and will raise us up also by his power.

6:15Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid!

6:16Or know you not that he who is joined to a harlot is made one body? For they shall be, saith he, two in one flesh.

6:17But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

6:18Fly fornication. Every sin that a man doth is without the body: but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

6:19Or know you not that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom you have from God: and you are not your own?

6:20For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body.

7:1¤ Now concerning the things whereof you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

7:2But for fear of fornication, let every man have his own wife: and let every woman have her own husband.

7:3Let the husband render the debt to his wife: and the wife also in like manner to the husband.

7:4The wife hath not power of her own body: but the husband. And in like manner the husband also hath not power of his own body: but the wife.

7:5Defraud not one another, except, perhaps, by consent, for a time, that you may give yourselves to prayer: and return together again, lest Satan tempt you for your incontinency.

7:6But I speak this by indulgence, not by commandment.

7:7For I would that all men were even as myself. But every one hath his proper gift from God: one after this manner, and another after that.

7:8But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they so continue, even as I.

7:9But if they do not contain themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to be burnt.

7:10But to them that are married, not I, but the Lord, commandeth that the wife depart not from her husband.

7:11And if she depart, that she remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And let not the husband put away his wife.

7:12For to the rest I speak, not the Lord. If any brother hath a wife that believeth not and she consent to dwell with him: let him not put her away.

7:13And if any woman hath a husband that believeth not and he consent to dwell with her: let her not put away her husband.

7:14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife: and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the believing husband. Otherwise your children should be unclean: but now they are holy.

7:15But if the unbeliever depart, let him depart. For a brother or sister is not under servitude in such cases. But God hath called us in peace.

7:16For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

7:17But as the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called every one: so let him walk. And so in all churches I teach.

7:18Is any man called, being circumcised? Let him not procure uncircumcision. Is any man called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised.

7:19Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing: but the observance of the commandments of God.

7:20Let every man abide in the same calling in which he was called.

7:21Wast thou called, being a bondman? Care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

7:22For he that is called in the Lord, being a bondman, is the freeman of the Lord. Likewise he that is called, being free, is the bondman of Christ.

7:23You are bought with a price: be not made the bondslaves of men.

7:24Brethren, let every man, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.

7:25Now, concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give counsel, as having obtained mercy of the Lord, to be faithful.

7:26I think therefore that this is good for the present necessity: that it is good for a man so to be.

7:27Art thou bound to a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.

7:28But if thou take a wife, thou hast not sinned. And if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned: nevertheless, such shall have tribulation of the flesh. But I spare you.

7:29This therefore I say, brethren: The time is short. It remaineth, that they also who have wives be as if they had none:

7:30And they that weep, as though they wept not: and they that rejoice, as if they rejoiced not: and they that buy as if they possessed not:

7:31And they that use this world, as if they used it not. For the fashion of this world passeth away.

7:32But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord: how he may please God.

7:33But he that is with a wife is solicitous for the things of the world: how he may please his wife. And he is divided.

7:34And the unmarried woman and the virgin thinketh on the things of the Lord: that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she that is married thinketh on the things of the world: how she may please her husband.

7:35And this I speak for your profit, not to cast a snare upon you, but for that which is decent and which may give you power to attend upon the Lord, without impediment.

7:36But if any man think that he seemeth dishonoured with regard to his virgin, for that she is above the age, and it must so be: let him do what he will. He sinneth not if she marry.

7:37For he that hath determined, being steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but having power of his own will: and hath judged this in his heart, to keep his virgin, doth well.

7:38Therefore both he that giveth his virgin in marriage doth well: and he that giveth her not doth better.

7:39A woman is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth: but if her husband die, she is at liberty. Let her marry to whom she will: only in the Lord.

7:40But more blessed shall she be, if she so remain, according to my counsel. And I think that I also have the spirit of God.

8:1¤ Now concerning those things that are sacrificed to idols: we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up: but charity edifieth.

8:2And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he hath not yet known as he ought to know.

8:3But if any man love God, the same is known by him.

8:4But as for the meats that are sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is no God but one.

8:5For although there be that are called gods, either in heaven or on earth (for there be gods many and lords many):

8:6Yet to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him: and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

8:7But there is not knowledge in every one. For some until this present, with conscience of the idol, eat as a thing sacrificed to an idol: and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

8:8But meat doth not commend us to God. For neither, if we eat, shall we have the more: nor, if we eat not, shall we have the less.

8:9But take heed lest perhaps this your liberty become a stumblingblock to the weak.

8:10For if a man see him that hath knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not his conscience, being weak, be emboldened to eat those things which are sacrificed to idols?

8:11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ hath died?

8:12Now when you sin thus against the brethren and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

8:13Wherefore, if meat scandalize my brother, I will never eat flesh, lest I should scandalize my brother.



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