Removing the “Hametz”
from Your House
1 It is actually reported that among you there is sexual immorality, and such immorality as is not even among the pagans—that someone has his father’s wife. 2 And you are puffed up! Shouldn’t you have mourned instead, so that the one who did this deed might be removed from among you? 3 For even though I am absent in body, I am present in spirit—I have already passed judgment on the one who has done this thing, as though I were present. 4 When you are gathered together in the name of our Lord Yeshua, I am with you in spirit. With the power of our Lord Yeshua, 5 you are to turn such a fellow over to satan for the destruction of his fleshly nature,#5:5. cf. Prov. 23:14. so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Yeshua.
6 Your boasting is no good. Don’t you know that a little hametz leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old hametz,#5:7. cf. Exod. 12:19. so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast not with old hametz,#5:8. cf. Exod. 13:7; Deut. 16:3. the hametz of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread—the matzah of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together#5:9. cf. 2 Thes. 3:14. with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow. 12 For what business do I have judging outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Put away the wicked fellow from among yourselves.#5:13. cf. Deut. 13:6(5); 17:7, 12; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21, 24; 24:7.
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