1 Corinthians 6:18
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New International Version
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

New Living Translation
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.

English Standard Version
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

New American Standard Bible
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.

King James Bible
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Run from sexual immorality! "Every sin a person can commit is outside the body." On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body.

International Standard Version
Keep on running away from sexual immorality. Any other sin that a person commits is outside his body, but the person who sins sexually sins against his own body.

NET Bible
Flee sexual immorality! "Every sin a person commits is outside of the body"--but the immoral person sins against his own body.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Flee from fornication. Every sin that a man will do is apart from his body, but whoever fornicates sins with his body.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stay away from sexual sins. Other sins that people commit don't affect their bodies the same way sexual sins do. People who sin sexually sin against their own bodies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Flee fornication. Any other sin that a man does is outside the body, but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.

King James 2000 Bible
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is outside the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.

American King James Version
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.

American Standard Version
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fly fornication. Every sin that a man doth, is without the body; but he that committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body.

Darby Bible Translation
Flee fornication. Every sin which a man may practise is without the body, but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.

English Revised Version
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Webster's Bible Translation
Flee lewdness. Every sin that a man doeth, is without the body; but he that committeth lewdness, sinneth against his own body.

Weymouth New Testament
Flee from fornication. Any other sin that a human being commits lies outside the body; but he who commits fornication sins against his own body.

World English Bible
Flee sexual immorality! "Every sin that a man does is outside the body," but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

Young's Literal Translation
flee the whoredom; every sin -- whatever a man may commit -- is without the body, and he who is committing whoredom, against his own body doth sin.
Parallel Commentaries
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 18. - Flee fornication. In the battle against sensual sins, there is no victory except in absolute flight, for the reason which immediately follows, namely, that these sins have their dwelling in that body which is part of our being, and which yet they tend to destroy. They make a man his own deadliest enemy. Every sin... is without the body. Some have supposed that this cannot apply to gluttony and drunkenness, which they therefore class with fornication; but even in those sins, as in suicide, the cause of and incentive to the sin is external, whereas the source of uncleanness is in the heart and in the thoughts, which come from within, and so defile the man. Other sins may be with and by means of the body, and may injure the body; but none are so directly against the sanctity of the whole bodily being as fornication. Sinneth against his own body. By alienating it from the service of him to whom it belongs; by incorporating it with the degradation of another; by staining the flesh and the body (Proverbs 5:8-11; Proverbs 6:24-32; Proverbs 7:24-27); by subtly poisoning the inmost sanctities of his own being. St. Paul is here thinking mainly, however, if not exclusively, of the moral injury and defilement.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Flee fornication,.... As that which is hurtful, scandalous, and unbecoming Christians; avoid it, and all the occasions of it, that may lead unto it, and be incentives of it:

every sin that a man doth is without the body not but that other sins are committed by the body, and by the members of it as instruments; they are generally committed by the abuse of other things that are without, and do not belong to the body; and so do not bring that hurt unto and reproach upon the body, as fornication does:

but he that committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body; not meaning his wife, which is as his own body; but his proper natural body, which is not only the instrument by which this sin is committed, but the object against which it is committed; and which is defiled and dishonoured by it; and sometimes its strength and health are impaired, and it is filled with nauseous diseases hereby.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Flee—The only safety in such temptations is flight (Ge 39:12; Job 31:1).

Every sin—The Greek is forcible. "Every sin whatsoever that a man doeth." Every other sin; even gluttony, drunkenness, and self-murder are "without," that is, comparatively external to the body (Mr 7:18; compare Pr 6:30-32). He certainly injures, but he does not alienate the body itself; the sin is not terminated in the body; he rather sins against the perishing accidents of the body (as the "belly," and the body's present temporary organization), and against the soul than against the body in its permanent essence, designed "for the Lord." "But" the fornicator alienates that body which is the Lord's, and makes it one with a harlot's body, and so "sinneth against his own body," that is, against the verity and nature of his body; not a mere effect on the body from without, but a contradiction of the truth of the body, wrought within itself [Alford].

1 Corinthians 6:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit
18Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 6:9
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men

2 Corinthians 12:21
I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.

Galatians 5:19
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

Ephesians 5:3
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.

Colossians 3:5
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

1 Thessalonians 4:3
It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Treasury of Scripture

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.

Flee.

Genesis 39:12-18 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left …

Proverbs 2:16-19 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which …

Proverbs 5:3-15 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth …

Proverbs 6:24-32 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue …

Proverbs 7:5 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger …

Proverbs 7:24-27 Listen to me now therefore, O you children, and attend to the words …

Proverbs 9:16-18 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that wants …

Romans 6:12,13 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should …

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

sinneth.

Romans 1:24 Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their …

1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

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