1 Corinthians 5:9
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New International Version
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people--

New Living Translation
When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin.

English Standard Version
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—

Berean Study Bible
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people.

Berean Literal Bible
I wrote to you in the letter not to associate with the sexually immoral,

New American Standard Bible
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;

King James Bible
I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wrote to you in a letter not to associate with sexually immoral people.

International Standard Version
I wrote to you in my letter to stop associating with people who are sexually immoral—

NET Bible
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people.

New Heart English Bible
I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have written to you in a letter not to mix with fornicators.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In my letter to you I told you not to associate with people who continue to commit sexual sins.

New American Standard 1977
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I wrote unto you in an epistle not to associate with fornicators,

King James 2000 Bible
I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

American King James Version
I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators:

American Standard Version
I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I wrote to you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators.

Darby Bible Translation
I have written to you in the epistle not to mix with fornicators;

English Revised Version
I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators;

Webster's Bible Translation
I have written to you in this epistle, not to associate with persons guilty of lewdness:

Weymouth New Testament
I wrote to you in that letter that you were not to associate with fornicators;

World English Bible
I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners;

Young's Literal Translation
I did write to you in the epistle, not to keep company with whoremongers --
Study Bible
Expel the Immoral Brother
8Therefore let us keep the festival, not with the old bread, leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and of truth. 9I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 10I was not including the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 5:10
I was not including the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.

2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

Ephesians 5:11
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

2 Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who leads an undisciplined life that is not in keeping with the tradition you received from us.
Treasury of Scripture

I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators:

not.

1 Corinthians 5:2,7 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that …

Psalm 1:1,2 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, …

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

2 Corinthians 6:14,17 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but …

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this letter, note that man, and …

(9) I wrote unto you in an epistle.--These words have given rise to some controversy as to whether the Apostle here refers to some former Epistle addressed to the Corinthian Church, and which has not been preserved, or whether the reference is not to this Epistle itself. It has been suggested by some who adopt the latter view that these words may have been added as an interpolation after the completion of the Epistle, and be intended to intensify the remarks made by the Apostle on this subject in 1Corinthians 5:6-8; 1Corinthians 6:9-20. Such an interpretation, however, seems rather strained. It is more natural to suppose that the reference is to an Epistle written to the Corinthians, probably from Ephesus, after a visit paid to Corinth of which we have no record, for in 2Corinthians 12:14; 2Corinthians 13:1, we read of a third visit being contemplated, whereas only one previous one is recorded. (See also Introduction.) The condition of the Church which caused the Apostle that "heaviness," which he connects with this visit in 2Corinthians 2:1, would naturally have given rise to an Epistle containing the kind of direction here referred to.

Verses 9-13. - Correction of a mistaken inference which they had deduced from a former letter of St. Paul's. Verse 9. - In an Epistle; rather, in the Epistle; in some former letter to the Church, which is no longer extant (comp. 2 Corinthians 10:10). The attempt to get rid of so plain a statement, in the supposed interests of some superstitious notion that every line which an apostle wrote to a Church must necessarily have been inspired and infallible, is at once unscriptural and grossly superstitious. The notion that "the Epistle" intended is this Epistle is an absurdity invented in the interests of the same fiction. The only hypothesis which could give the least plausibility to such a view is that which makes this paragraph a postscript or marginal addition after the letter was finished; but there is little or nothing in favour of such a view. Not to company with. The Greek word is rather stronger: not to be mingled up among (comp. 2 Thessalonians 3:14). The spirit of the injunction is repeated in Ephesians 5:11, "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." I wrote unto you in an epistle,..... Not in this same epistle, and in 1 Corinthians 5:2 as some think; for what is here observed is not written in either of those verses, but in some other epistle he had sent them before, as is clear from 1 Corinthians 5:11 which either came not to hand, or else was neglected by them; and so what he here says may be considered as a reproof to them, for taking no notice of his advice; but continuing to show respect to the incestuous person, though he in a former epistle had advised them to the contrary: no doubt the apostle wrote other epistles to the Corinthians, besides those that are in being; see 2 Corinthians 10:10 nor does such a supposition at all detract from the perfection of Scripture; for not all that were written by him were by divine inspiration; and as many as were so, and were necessary for the perfection of the canon of Scripture, and to instruct us in the whole counsel of God, have been preserved; nor is this any contradiction to this epistle's being his first to this church; for though it might not be his first to them, yet it is the first to them extant with us, and therefore so called: what he had written to them in another epistle was not

to company with fornicators; which he had not so fully explained, neither what fornicators he meant, nor what by keeping company with them; he therefore in this distinguishes upon the former, and enlarges his sense of the latter; declaring that they were not so much as to eat with such persons; which shows, that this prohibition does not regard unclean copulation, or a joining with them in the sin of fornication, they had been used to in a state of unregeneracy, for some sort of companying with fornicators is allowed of in the next verse; whereas no degree of a sinful mixture with them would ever be tolerated: but that it is to be understood of a civil society and familiar conversation with them; which might bring a reproach upon religion, be a stumbling to weak Christians, and be of dangerous consequence to themselves and others; who hereby might be allured and drawn by their example into the commission of the same sinful practices. The apostle seems to allude to the customs and usages of the Jews, who abstained from all civil commerce and familiar acquaintance with unbelievers. They say,

"that everyone that does not study in the law, , "it is forbidden to come near him, and to exercise merchandise with him, and much less to walk with him in the way", because there is no faith in him (m).''

(m) Zohar in Lev. fol. 33. 2.9. I wrote … in an epistle—rather, "in the Epistle": a former one not now extant. That Paul does not refer to the present letter is proved by the fact that no direction "not to company with fornicators" occurs in the previous part of it; also the words, "in an (or, the) epistle," could not have been added if he meant, "I have just written" (2Co 10:10). "His letters" (plural; not applying to merely one) confirm this. 2Co 7:8 also refers to our first Epistle, just as here a former letter is referred to by the same phrase. Paul probably wrote a former brief reply to inquiries of the Corinthians: our first Epistle, as it enters more fully into the same subject, has superseded the former, which the Holy Spirit did not design for the guidance of the Church in general, and which therefore has not been preserved. See my [2285]Introduction.5:9-13 Christians are to avoid familiar converse with all who disgrace the Christian name. Such are only fit companions for their brethren in sin, and to such company they should be left, whenever it is possible to do so. Alas, that there are many called Christians, whose conversation is more dangerous than that of heathens!
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