1 Corinthians 6- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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Judging Problems Between Christians
6 1When one of you has something against another person, why do you go to [the judges
in the law courts]? Those people are not right with God. So why do you let those
people decide who is right? You should be ashamed! Why don't you let God's people
decide who is right? 2Surely you know that God's people will judge the world. So
if you will judge the world, then surely you are able to judge small things [like
this]. 3You know that in the future we will judge angels. So surely we can judge
things in this life. 4So if you have those disagreements that must be judged, why
do you take those things to people who are not part of the church? Those people
mean nothing to the church. 5I say this to shame you. Surely there is some person
in your group wise enough to judge a complaint between two brothers (believers)!
6But now one brother goes to court against another brother. You let men that are
not believers judge their case!
7The lawsuits that you have against each other show that you are already defeated.
It would be better for you to let someone do wrong against you! It would be better
for you to let someone cheat you! 8But you yourselves do wrong and cheat! And you
do this to other believers [in Christ]!
9-10Surely you know that the people that do wrong will not get God's kingdom. Don't
be fooled. These people will not get God's kingdom: people that sin sexually, people
that worship idols,* people that do the sin of adultery,* men that let other men
use them for sex or that have sex with other men, people that steal, people that
are selfish, people that get drunk, people that say bad things to other people,
and people that cheat. 11In the past, some of you were like that. But you were washed
clean, you were made holy,* and you were made right with God in the name of the
Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Use Your Bodies for God's Glory
12"All things are allowed for me." But not all things are good. "All things are
allowed for me." But I will not let anything be my master. 13"Food is for the stomach,
and the stomach for food." Yes. But God will destroy them both. The body is not
for sexual sin. The body is for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14By God's
power God raised the Lord [Jesus] from death. God will also raise us from death.
15Surely you know that your bodies are parts of Christ himself. So I must never
take the parts of Christ and join those parts to a prostitute*! 16It is written
[in the Scriptures]: "The two people will become one." So you should know that
a person that [sexually] joins himself with a prostitute becomes one with her in
body. 17But the person who joins himself with the Lord is one with the Lord in
spirit. 18So run away from sexual sin. Every other sin that a person does is outside
his body. But the person that sins sexually sins against his own body. 19You should
know that your body is a temple (house) for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is
in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. You don't own yourselves. 20You
were bought [by God] at a price. So honor God with your bodies.
Footnotes: idol(s) False gods made from wood or stone and worshiped by the non-Jewish
people. adultery Breaking a marriage promise by sexual sin. holy A holy person is
pure and belongs only to God. prostitute A woman paid by men for sexual sin. Scriptures
Holy Writings--the Old Testament. "The two ... one" Quote from Gen. 2:24. Spirit,
Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter.
Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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