1 Corinthians 15:33

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[a]

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1 Corinthians 15:33 in Other Translations

KJV
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
ESV
33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."
NLT
33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”
MSG
33 But don't fool yourselves. Don't let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. "Bad company ruins good manners."
CSB
33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

1 Corinthians 15:33 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 15:33

Be not deceived
By such as deny the doctrine of the resurrection, and by their reasonings about it; or by such libertines who go into the denial of it, and argue from thence in favour of their licentious course of life:

evil communications corrupt good manners.
This is a sentence taken out of Menander, an Heathen poet, showing how dangerous is the conversation of evil men, and what an influence bad principles communicated and imbibed, have on the lives and practices of men. This the apostle cites not out of ostentation, or to show his reading, learning, and acquaintance with such sort of writers; but partly to observe, that this was a truth obvious by the light of nature, and partly because such a testimony might be more regarded by the Corinthians, who might be fond of such authors, and what was said by them; just as when he was at Athens among the philosophers there, he cites a passage out of Aratus, ( Acts 17:28 ) as he does another out of Epimenides concerning the Cretians, ( Titus 1:12 ) .

1 Corinthians 15:33 In-Context

31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”

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Cross References 2

  • 1. S 1 Corinthians 6:9
  • 2. Proverbs 22:24,25

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. From the Greek poet Menander
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