It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not even among the Gentiles, that one of you has his father’s wife. 2 And you are puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he that had done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I truly, being absent in body but present in spirit, have judged already as though I were present, him that has so performed this thing, 4 in the name of our Sovereign Yahshua, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Sovereign Yahshua, 5 to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Sovereign Yahshua. 6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For our Passover also has been sacrificed, even the Messiah: 8 therefore let us keep the Feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with fornicators; 10 not at all meaning with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then you must necessarily go out of the world: 11 but as it is, I wrote to you not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no, not to eat. 12 For what have I to do with judging them that are outside? Do you not judge them that are inside? 13 But them that are outside Elohim judges. Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.
Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbor, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have to judge things pertaining to this life, do you set them to judge who are of no account in the assembly? 5 I say this to your shame. What, can there not be found among you one wise man who shall be able to decide between his brethren, 6 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 No, already it is altogether a defect in you, that you have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather take wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 No, but you yourselves do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh. 11 And such were some of you: but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Sovereign Yahshua the Messiah, and in the Spirit of our Elohim.
12 All things are lawful for me; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but Elohim shall bring to nothing both it and them. But the body is not for fornication, but for Yahshua; and Yahshua for the body: 14 and Yahweh both raised the Master, and will raise us up through his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of the Messiah? Shall I then take away the members of the Messiah, and make them members of a harlot? By no means. 16 Or do you not know that he that is joined to a harlot is one body? For, The two, he says, shall become one flesh. 17 But he that is joined to Yahweh is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is outside the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from Yahweh? And you are not your own; 20 for you were bought with a price: glorify Yahweh therefore in your body.
Now concerning the things of which you wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to the wife her due: and likewise also the wife to the husband. 4 The wife has not power over her own body, but the husband: and likewise the husband has not power over his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud you not one another, except it be by consent for a season, that you may give yourselves to prayer, and may be together again, that Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency. 6 But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment. 7 Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself. However each man has his own gift from Yahweh, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they remain even as I. 9 But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 10 But to the married I give charge, not I, but Yahweh, That the wife depart not from her husband 11 (but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not the wife. 12 But to the rest I say, not Yahweh: if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her. 13 And the woman that has an unbelieving husband, and he is content to live with her, let her not leave her husband. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the brother: else were your children unclean; but now they are holy. 15 Yet if the unbelieving departs, let him depart: the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases: but Yahweh has called us in peace. 16 For how do you know, oh wife, whether you shall save your husband? Or how do you know, oh husband, whether you shall save your wife? 17 Only, as Yahweh has distributed to each man, as Yahweh has called each, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the assemblies. 18 Was any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Has any been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of Yahweh. 20 Let each man remain in that calling in which he was called. 21 Were you called being a bondservant? Care not for it: no, even if you can become free, use it rather. 22 For he that was called in Yahweh being a bondservant, is Yahweh’s freedman: likewise he that was called being free, is the Messiah’s bondservant. 23 You were bought with a price; become not bondservants of men. 24 Brethren, let each man, in which he was called, remain in it with Yahweh.
25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of Yahweh: but I give my judgment, as one that has obtained mercy of the Master to be trustworthy. 26 I think therefore that this is good by reason of the distress that is upon us, namely, that it is good for a man to be as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife. 28 But should you marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I wish to spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that from here on those who have wives may be as though they had none; 30 and those that weep, as though they wept not; and those that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and those that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 and those that use the world, as not using it to the full: for the fashion of this world passes away. 32 But I would have you to be free from cares. He that is unmarried is careful for the things of Yahweh, how he may please Yahweh: 33 but he that is married is careful for the things of the world, how he may please his wife, 34 and is divided. So also the woman that is unmarried and the virgin is careful for the things of Yahweh, that she may be holy both in body and spirit: but she that is married is careful for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 And this I say for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is seemly, and that you attend upon Yahweh without distraction.36 But if any man thinks that he behaves himself unseemly toward his virgin, if she be past the flower of her age, and if need so requires, let him do what he will; he does not sin; let them marry. 37 But he that stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power as touching his own will, and has determined this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter shall do well.
38 So then both he that gives his own virgin daughter in marriage does well; and he that does not give her in marriage shall do better. 39 A wife is bound for so long time as her husband lives; but if the husband be dead, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in Yahshua. 40 But she is happier if she lives as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of Yahweh.
Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows not yet as he ought to know; 3 but if any man loves Yahweh, the same is known by him. 4 Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no Yahweh but one. 5 For though there be that are called Mighty Ones, whether in heaven or on earth; as there are many Mighty Ones, and many Lords; 6 yet to us there is one Elohim, the Father, of whom are all things, and we to him; and one Master, Yahshua the Messiah, through whom are all things, and we through him. 7 However, there is not that knowledge in all men: but some being used until now to the idol, eat as of a thing sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak, is defiled. 8 But food will not commend us to Elohim: neither, if we do not eat, are we the worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better. 9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to the weak. 10 For if a man see you who has knowledge sitting at meat in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 11 For through your knowledge he that is weak perishes, the brother for whose sake the Messiah died. 12 And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against the Messiah. 13 Therefore, if meat causes my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh forevermore, that I do not cause my brother to stumble.