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1 Corinthians 5:13

13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”[a]

1 Corinthians 5:13 in Other Translations

13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
13 God judges those outside. "Purge the evil person from among you."
13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
13 God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.
13 But God judges outsiders. Put away the evil person from among yourselves.

1 Corinthians 5:13 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 5:13

But them that are without God judgeth
Or "will judge", in the great day of judgment; wherefore though such persons did not fall under the censures and punishment of the apostle, nor of a church of Christ, yet they shall not go unpunished; God will call them to an account for their fornication, covetousness, idolatry, extortion and will judge, condemn, and punish them, according to their works; and therefore since they do not fall under the cognizance of the churches of Christ, they are to be left to the tribunal of God; and all that the saints have to do is to watch over one another, and reprove, rebuke, and censure, as cases require, and as the case of this church did.

Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person;
not that wicked thing, as some read it, but that wicked one; meaning not the devil, who is sometimes so called; a sense of the words proposed by Calvin, not asserted; but that wicked man, that, incestuous person, whom the apostle would have removed from among them, by excommunication; which was what became them as a church to do, and which lay in their power to do, and could only be done by them, and was to be their own pure act and deed: reference seems to be had to those passages in ( Deuteronomy 17:7 ) ( 21:21 ) ( 22:21 ) ( 24:7 ) where the Septuagint render the phrase, (exareiv ton poneron ex umwn autwn) , "thou shalt put away that wicked one among yourselves".

1 Corinthians 5:13 In-Context

11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Deuteronomy 13:5; Deuteronomy 17:7; Deuteronomy 19:19; Deuteronomy 22:21,24; Deuteronomy 24:7; Judges 20:13

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Deut. 13:5; 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21,24; 24:7
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