1 Dare any one of you who has a grievance against his neighbor go to law before heathen judges, instead of before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be tried by you, are you unfit to try such trifling cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to try angels? How much more, then, the affairs of life. 4 Why then, if you have cases relating to earthly affairs which need to be decided, is it men who are absolutely nothing in the church whom you make your judges? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it so that there is not among you a single wise man, capable of deciding between a man and his brother? 6 Must brother go to law with brother, and that, too, before unbelievers?
7 Indeed, to say nothing more, the fact that you have lawsuits with one another is altogether a defect in you. Why not rather suffer injustice? Why not rather endure being cheated? 8 On the contrary, you yourselves are inflicting injustice and fraud, and that upon your brothers. 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. None who are immoral, or idolaters, or adulterers, or catamites, or sodomites, 10 or thieves, or avaricious men, or drunkards, or foul-mouthed men, or extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you have washed away your stains, you have been consecrated, you have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
12 "All things are lawful for me"? Yes, but not all things are good for me. "All things are lawful for me"? Yes, but I will not let myself be enslaved by the power of any. 13 "Food is meant for the stomach, and the stomach for food"? Yes, but God will soon put an end both to the one and to the other. The body, however, exists not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body; 14 and the God who raised up our Lord will up-raise us also by his mighty power. 15 You know, do you not, that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot? God forbid! 16 Do you not know that he who joins himself to a harlot is one with her in body? (For God says, The two shall become one flesh.) 17 While a man who is united with the Lord is one with Him in spirit?
18 Flee from immorality. Every other sin that a man commits lies outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is within you, the Spirit whom you have from God? 20 You are not your own; for you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your bodies.