1 Corinthians 10:6
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New International Version
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.

New Living Translation
These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did,

English Standard Version
Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.

Berean Study Bible
These things took place as examples to keep us from craving evil things as they did.

Berean Literal Bible
Now these things have become types to us, for us not to be desirers of evil things, as they also desired.

New American Standard Bible
Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved.

King James Bible
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now these things became examples for us, so that we will not desire evil things as they did.

International Standard Version
Now their experiences serve as examples for us so that we won't set our hearts on evil as they did.

NET Bible
These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did.

New Heart English Bible
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But these things are an example for us that we would not be lusting for evil, just as they lusted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These things have become examples for us so that we won't desire what is evil, as they did.

New American Standard 1977
Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now these things became types of us, that we should not lust after evil things as they lusted.

King James 2000 Bible
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

American King James Version
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

American Standard Version
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now these things were done in a figure of us, that we should not covet evil things as they also coveted.

Darby Bible Translation
But these things happened [as] types of us, that we should not be lusters after evil things, as they also lusted.

English Revised Version
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Weymouth New Testament
And in this they became a warning to us, to teach us not to be eager, as they were eager, in pursuit of what is evil.

World English Bible
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Young's Literal Translation
and those things became types of us, for our not passionately desiring evil things, as also these did desire.
Study Bible
Warnings from Israel's Past
5Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness. 6These things took place as examples to keep us from craving evil things as they did. 7Do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written: “The people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to revel in idolatry.”…
Cross References
Numbers 11:4
The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat?

Numbers 11:34
So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.

Psalm 106:14
But craved intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert.

1 Corinthians 10:11
Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
Treasury of Scripture

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

these.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are …

Zephaniah 3:6,7 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their …

Hebrews 4:11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall …

2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned …

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, …

examples. Gr. figures.

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that …

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which …

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not …

lust.

Numbers 11:4,31-34 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the …

Psalm 78:27-31 He rained flesh also on them as dust, and feathered fowls like as …

Psalm 106:14,15 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert…

(6) Now these things were our examples.--Better, Now these things were types of us. "Now" introduces the contrast between the physical Israel and the spiritual Israel, between the physical death which befell the majority of the former, and the spiritual death which, if privileges be neglected or abused, must befall the latter.

To the intent.--St. Paul regards everything that has happened in history as having a divine purpose of blessing for others. All this material suffering on their part will not be in vain if it teaches us the spiritual lesson which God would have us learn from it.

We should not lust after evil things.--The Apostle now sets forth the causes with which the majority of the Israelities neutralised the great advantages in which all had shared. The lusting after evil things must be taken as applying to their general conduct (evidenced especially in the circumstances mentioned in Numbers 11:4; Numbers 11:18). "As they also" directly connects the sins which the Corinthians were in danger of with the sins which led to the overthrow of the Israelites. The idolatry and eating and drinking and committing fornication all refer to kinds of sin which the Corinthians were liable to commit if they did not keep themselves perfectly distinct from the heathen. (See 1Corinthians 6:12.)

Verse 6. - These things were our examples. If this rendering be adopted, perhaps "examples" is the best equivalent of the original tupoi, as in Philippians 3:17, "Walk so as ye have us for an example (tupelo)." It may, however, mean "types," i.e. foreshadowing symbols, as in Romans 5:14, where Adam is the "figure" (tupos) of Christ. But, in spite of Alford's decisive rejection of it, the rendering, "Now in these things they proved to be figures of us," is at least equally probable. To the intent. Of course, the events had their own immediate instruction, but the example which they involved was the ulterior purpose of their being so ordained by the providence of God. As they also lusted. (For quails, Numbers 11:4, 33; and see Psalm 95:7-11.) Now these things were our examples,.... Or "types"; that is, these punishments which were inflicted on these persons for their sins, were designed as instructions for others to avoid the like sins, that they may escape the same punishment; just as the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, being condemned with an overthrow, as these men were, were made ensamples to all that should hereafter live such vicious lives and conversations; and in a very lively manner, as in a type or print, these exhibited the displeasure of God against sin, what such must expect who commit it; so men are called out of Babylon, lest, partaking of her sins, they also receive of her plagues. The Jews have a common saying (s) "that what happened to the fathers is a sign unto the children"; to which the apostle may have respect:

to the intent that we should not lust after evil things. The apostle proceeds to enter into particular instances, in which these things were examples, teaching us to avoid sin, and so punishment; and begins with lust, which is the root and foundation of all sin; all the evil in the world arises from it, and the world itself is full of it, and is in God's account the same as action: and here he particularly strikes at those Corinthians, that lusted after the feasts in the idols' temples; and hints that that arose rather from a carnal sensual appetite, which ought not to be indulged, than from any other principle:

as they also lusted; that is, after evil things, the fish, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, onions, and garlic of Egypt, Numbers 11:4 which though they were not evil in themselves, yet the Israelites sinned in lusting after them, in not being content with the manna, the food which God had prepared for them; and besides, their desire after these things did not arise from want, but from a sensual appetite, and was attended with murmuring against the Lord and his servants, and was highly resented; for though the Lord gave them flesh according to their desire, yet while it was between their teeth, he sent a plague among them, by which multitudes were taken off, and the name of the place was called , "Kibroth Hataavah, the graves of lusts"; the people that lusted being buried there, Numbers 11:34.

(s) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 77. 4. 6. were—Greek, "came to pass as."

our examples—samples to us of what will befall us, if we also with all our privileges walk carelessly.

lust—the fountain of all the four other offenses enumerated, and therefore put first (Jas 1:14, 15; compare Ps 106:14). A particular case of lust was that after flesh, when they pined for the fish, leeks, etc., of Egypt, which they had left (Nu 11:4, 33, 34). These are included in the "evil things," not that they are so in themselves, but they became so to the Israelites when they lusted after what God withheld, and were discontented with what God provided.10:6-14 Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be checked in their first rise. Let us fear the sins of Israel, if we would shun their plagues. And it is but just to fear, that such as tempt Christ, will be left by him in the power of the old serpent. Murmuring against God's disposals and commands, greatly provokes him. Nothing in Scripture is written in vain; and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen, and so may we. The Christian's security against sin is distrust of himself. God has not promised to keep us from falling, if we do not look to ourselves. To this word of caution, a word of comfort is added. Others have the like burdens, and the like temptations: what they bear up under, and break through, we may also. God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God. We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety.
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