Lawsuits between Believers
1 Does anyone among you, if he#*Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“has”) which is understood as conditional has a matter against someone else, dare to go to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if by you the world is judged, are you unworthy of the most insignificant courts? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels, not to mention ordinary matters? 4Therefore, if you have courts with regard to ordinary matters, do you seat#Or “seat” (imperative); the Greek verb can be either indicative mood or imperative mood by its form these despised people in the church? 5I say this to your shame. So is there not anyone wise among you who will be able to render a decision between his brothers? 6But brother goes to court with brother, and this before unbelievers! 7Therefore it is already completely a loss for you that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? 8But you wrong and defraud, and do this to brothers!
9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Neither sexually immoral people, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor passive homosexual partners, nor dominant homosexual partners, 10nor thieves, nor greedy persons, not drunkards, not abusive persons, not swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And some of you were these things, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus#Some manuscripts have “of the Lord Jesus Christ” and by the Spirit of our God.
Avoid Sexual Immorality
12All things are permitted for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are permitted for me, but I will not be controlled by anything. 13Food is for the stomach, and the stomach for food, but God will abolish both of them#Literally “both this and these”. Now the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God both raised up the Lord and will raise us up by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Therefore, shall I take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For it says, “The two will become one flesh.”#A quotation from Gen 2:24 17But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with him. 18Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a person commits is outside his body, but the one who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God with your body.