1 When any of you has a grievance against his neighbour, do you dare to go to law in a sinful pagan court, instead of laying the case before the saints? 2 Do you not know the saints are to manage the world? If the world is to come under your jurisdiction, are you incompetent to adjudicate upon trifles? 3 Do you not know we are to manage angels, let alone mundane issues? 4 And yet, when you have mundane issues to settle, you refer them to the judgment of men who from the point of view of the church are of no account! 5 I say this to put you to shame. Has it come to this, that there is not a single wise man among you who could decide a dispute between members of the brotherhood, 6 instead of one brother going to law with another ??and before unbelievers too!
7 Even to have law-suits with one another is in itself evidence of defeat. Why not rather let yourselves be wronged? Why not rather let yourselves be defrauded? 8 But instead of that you inflict wrong and practise frauds ??and that upon members of the brotherhood! 9 What! do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Realm of God? Make no mistake about it; neither the immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor catamites nor sodomites 10 nor thieves nor the lustful nor the drunken nor the abusive nor robbers will inherit the Realm of God. 11 Some of you were once like that; but you washed yourselves clean, you were consecrated, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
12 'All things are lawful for me'? Yes, but not all are good for me. 'All things are lawful for me'? Yes, but I am not going to let anything master me. 13 'Food is meant for the stomach, and the stomach for food'? Yes, and God will do away with the one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; 14 and the God who raised the Lord will also raise us by his power. 15 Do you not know your bodies are members of Christ? Am I to take Christ's members and devote them to a harlot? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who joins himself to a harlot is one with her in body (for the pair, it is said, shall become one flesh), 17 while he who joins himself to the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18 Shun immorality! Any other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his body. 19 Do you not know your body is the temple of the holy Spirit within you ??the Spirit you have received from God? You are not your own, 20 you were bought for a price; then glorify God with your body.