1 Corinthians 6:16
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New International Version
Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."

New Living Translation
And don't you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, "The two are united into one."

English Standard Version
Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”

New American Standard Bible
Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH."

King James Bible
What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh.

International Standard Version
You know that the person who unites himself with a prostitute becomes one body with her, don't you? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."

NET Bible
Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do you not know that whoever cleaves to a harlot is one body, for it is said, “They will both be one body.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't you realize that the person who unites himself with a prostitute becomes one body with her? God says, "The two will be one."

Jubilee Bible 2000
What? know ye not that he who is joined to the harlot is one body with her? For they shall be, saith he, two in one flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
What? know you not that he who is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, says he, shall be one flesh.

American King James Version
What? know you not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, said he, shall be one flesh.

American Standard Version
Or know ye not that he that is joined to a harlot is one body? for, The twain, saith he, shall become one flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or know you not, that he who is joined to a harlot, is made one body ? For they shall be, saith he, two in one flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
Do ye not know that he [that is] joined to the harlot is one body? for the two, he says, shall be one flesh.

English Revised Version
Or know ye not that he that is joined to a harlot is one body? for, The twain, saith he, shall become one flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
What? know ye not that he who is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Weymouth New Testament
Or do you not know that a man who has to do with a prostitute is one with her in body? For God says, "The two shall become one."

World English Bible
Or don't you know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body? For, "The two," says he, "will become one flesh."

Young's Literal Translation
have ye not known that he who is joined to the harlot is one body? 'for they shall be -- saith He -- the two for one flesh.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:12-20 Some among the Corinthians seem to have been ready to say, All things are lawful for me. This dangerous conceit St. Paul opposes. There is a liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, in which we must stand fast. But surely a Christian would never put himself into the power of any bodily appetite. The body is for the Lord; is to be an instrument of righteousness to holiness, therefore is never to be made an instrument of sin. It is an honour to the body, that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead; and it will be an honour to our bodies, that they will be raised. The hope of a resurrection to glory, should keep Christians from dishonouring their bodies by fleshly lusts. And if the soul be united to Christ by faith, the whole man is become a member of his spiritual body. Other vices may be conquered in fight; that here cautioned against, only by flight. And vast multitudes are cut off by this vice in its various forms and consequences. Its effects fall not only directly upon the body, but often upon the mind. Our bodies have been redeemed from deserved condemnation and hopeless slavery by the atoning sacrifice of Christ. We are to be clean, as vessels fitted for our Master's use. Being united to Christ as one spirit, and bought with a price of unspeakable value, the believer should consider himself as wholly the Lord's, by the strongest ties. May we make it our business, to the latest day and hour of our lives, to glorify God with our bodies, and with our spirits which are his.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - What, know ye not, etc.? The clause is used to explain and justify the strong expression which he had used in the previous verse. It involves an argument against the sin which is the most original and impressive which could have been used. To this passage especially is due the tone taken by Christians as to these sins, which differed so totally from that taken by heathen. They two. The words do not occur in Genesis 2:24, but are always so quoted in the New Testament (Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:8; Ephesians 5:31). Saith he. This is a vague Jewish formula of quotation, adopted to avoid the needless introduction of the sacred Name. "He" is "God" in Scripture. Shall be one flesh; rather, shall become. This appeal to Genesis 2:24 (Matthew 19:5) is equivalent to the rule that no intercourse between the sexes is free from sin except under the sanction of marriage.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot,.... Not in marriage, but in carnal copulation, and unclean embraces, is one body with her

for two ("saith he", Adam, or Moses, or God, or the Scripture, or as R. Sol. Jarchi says, the Holy Spirit, Genesis 2:24)

shall be one flesh; what is originally said of copulation in lawful marriage, in which man and wife, legally coupled together, become one flesh, is applied to the unlawful copulation of a man with an harlot, by which act they also become one body, one flesh; and which is made use of by the apostle, to deter the members of Christ from the commission of this sin, which makes a member of Christ one body and flesh with an harlot, than which nothing is more monstrous and detestable. The apostle here directs to the true sense of the phrase in Genesis, "and they shall be one flesh"; that is, man and wife shall only have carnal knowledge of, and copulation with each other. Some Jewish (k) writers interpret this phrase, "on account of the foetus", which is formed by the means of them both, and which becomes "their one flesh": others (l), thus as if they were, or because they are, like as if they were one flesh; but others (m), in more agreement with the apostle, think that this has respect , "to that conjunction", by which the fixing of the species is completed; and others (n) expressly thus, "they two shall be one flesh", , "that is, in the place where both of them make one flesh": which is equally done by unlawful copulation with an harlot, as with a man's own wife.

(k) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 6. 3. Jarchi in Gen. ii. 24. (l) Aben Ezra in ib. (m) R. Levi ben Gersom in ib. (n) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 18. fol. 15. 3. T. Hieros. Kiddushin, fol. 58. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Justification of his having called fornicators "members of an harlot" (1Co 6:15).

joined—by carnal intercourse; literally, "cemented to": cleaving to.

one body—with her.

saith he—God speaking by Adam (Ge 2:24; Mt 19:5). "He which made them at the beginning said," &c. (Eph 5:31).

1 Corinthians 6:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Our Bodies are Members of Christ
15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH." 17But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Cross References
Genesis 2:24
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Matthew 19:5
and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

Mark 10:8
and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

1 Corinthians 6:3
Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

Ephesians 5:31
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
Treasury of Scripture

What? know you not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, said he, shall be one flesh.

an harlot.

Genesis 34:31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

Genesis 38:15,24 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had …

Judges 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in to her.

Matthew 21:31,32 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, …

for.

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall …

Matthew 19:5,6 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and …

Mark 10:8 And they two shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall …

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