1 Corinthians 3:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?

New Living Translation
Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

English Standard Version
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

New American Standard Bible
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

King James Bible
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't you yourselves know that you are God's sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

International Standard Version
You know that you are God's sanctuary and that God's Spirit lives in you, don't you?

NET Bible
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do you not know that you are the Temple of God, and that The Spirit of God dwells within you?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

King James 2000 Bible
Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

American King James Version
Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

American Standard Version
Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Know you not, that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you ?

Darby Bible Translation
Do ye not know that ye are [the] temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwells in you?

English Revised Version
Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Webster's Bible Translation
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Weymouth New Testament
Do you not know that you are God's Sanctuary, and that the Spirit of God has His home within you?

World English Bible
Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit lives in you?

Young's Literal Translation
have ye not known that ye are a sanctuary of God, and the Spirit of God doth dwell in you?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:16,17 From other parts of the epistle, it appears that the false teachers among the Corinthians taught unholy doctrines. Such teaching tended to corrupt, to pollute, and destroy the building, which should be kept pure and holy for God. Those who spread loose principles, which render the church of God unholy, bring destruction upon themselves. Christ by his Spirit dwells in all true believers. Christians are holy by profession, and should be pure and clean, both in heart and conversation. He is deceived who deems himself the temple of the Holy Ghost, yet is unconcerned about personal holiness, or the peace and purity of the church.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 16-23. - The peril and folly of glorying in men. Verse 16. - Know ye not. The phrase is used by St. Paul in this Epistle to emphasize important truths, as in 1 Corinthians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 6:2,.9, 15; 9:13, 24. Out of this Epistle it only occurs in Romans 6:16; Romans 11:2. That ye are the temple of God. "Ye," both collectively (Ephesians 2:21) and individually; "God's shrine;" not built for men's glory. The word "temple" in the Old Testament always means the material temple; in the Gospels our Lord "spake of the temple of his body;" in the rest of the New Testament the body of every baptized Christian is the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:16), because "God dwelleth in him" (1 John 4:16; comp. John 14:23). In another aspect Christians can be regarded as "living stones in one spiritual house" (1 Peter 2:5). The temple; rather, the shrine (uses) wherein God dwells (naiei), and which is the holiest part of the temple (hieron).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,.... The apostle having spoken of the saints as God's building, of himself as a wise master builder, of Christ as the only foundation, and of various doctrines as the materials laid thereon, proceeds to observe to this church, and the members of it, that they being incorporated together in a Gospel church state, were the temple of God; and which was what they could not, or at least ought not, to be ignorant of: and they are so called, in allusion to Solomon's temple; which as it was a type of the natural, so of the mystical body of Christ. There is an agreement between that and the church of Christ, in its maker, matter, situation, magnificence, and holiness; and the church is said to be the temple of God, because it is of his building, and in which he dwells: what the apostle here says of the saints at Corinth, the Jewish doctors say of the Israelites (n), , "the temple of the Lord are ye"; and which being usually said of them in the apostle's time, he may refer unto; and much better apply to the persons he does, of which the indwelling of the Spirit was the evidence:

and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you: in particular members, as a spirit of regeneration, sanctification, faith, and adoption, and as the earnest and pledge of their future glory; in their ministers to fit and qualify them for their work, and carry them through it; and in the whole church, to bless the word and ordinances, for their growth, comfort, and establishment. This furnishes out a considerable proof of the deity and distinct personality of the Spirit, since this is mentioned as an evidence of the saints being the temple of God, which would not be one, if the Spirit was not God, who dwells therein; and since a temple is sacred to deity, and therefore if he dwells here as in a temple, he must dwell here as God; and since he is mentioned as distinct from God, whose Spirit he is, and dwelling, a personal action is ascribed to him, he must be a distinct divine person.

(n) R. Alshech in Hag. ii. 5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Know ye not—It is no new thing I tell you, in calling you "God's building"; ye know and ought to remember, ye are the noblest kind of building, "the temple of God."

ye—all Christians form together one vast temple. The expression is not, "ye are temples," but "ye are the temple" collectively, and "lively stones" (1Pe 2:5) individually.

God … Spirit—God's indwelling, and that of the Holy Spirit, are one; therefore the Holy Spirit is God. No literal "temple" is recognized by the New Testament in the Christian Church. The only one is the spiritual temple, the whole body of believing worshippers in which the Holy Spirit dwells (1Co 6:19; Joh 4:23, 24). The synagogue, not the temple, was the model of the Christian house of worship. The temple was the house of sacrifice, rather than of prayer. Prayers in the temple were silent and individual (Lu 1:10; 18:10-13), not joint and public, nor with reading of Scripture, as in the synagogue. The temple, as the name means (from a Greek root "to dwell"), was the earthly dwelling-place of God, where alone He put His name. The synagogue (as the name means an assembly) was the place for assembling men. God now too has His earthly temple, not one of wood and stone, but the congregation of believers, the "living stones" on the "spiritual house." Believers are all spiritual priests in it. Jesus Christ, our High Priest, has the only literal priesthood (Mal 1:11; Mt 18:20; 1Pe 2:5) [Vitringa].

1 Corinthians 3:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
You are God's Temple
16Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.…
Cross References
Romans 6:16
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Romans 8:9
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:9
For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for God's temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

2 Corinthians 6:16
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

Ephesians 2:21
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:22
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

1 Timothy 3:15
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Hebrews 3:6
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
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ye are.

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the Spirit.

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