1 Corinthians 15:33
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New International Version
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

New Living Translation
Don't be fooled by those who say such things, for "bad company corrupts good character."

English Standard Version
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Berean Study Bible
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Berean Literal Bible
Do not be misled: "Bad companionships corrupt good morals."

New American Standard Bible
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

King James Bible
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

Contemporary English Version
Don't fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you.

Good News Translation
Do not be fooled. "Bad companions ruin good character."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

International Standard Version
Stop being deceived: "Wicked friends lead to evil ends."

NET Bible
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

New Heart English Bible
Do not be deceived. "Evil companionships corrupt good morals."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be not deceived, evil discourse corrupts pleasant minds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't let anyone deceive you. Associating with bad people will ruin decent people.

New American Standard 1977
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be not deceived: evil companions corrupt good character.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not deceived: evil companions corrupt good morals.

American King James Version
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

American Standard Version
Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not seduced: Evil communications corrupt good manners.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

English Revised Version
Be not deceived: Evil company doth corrupt good manners.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not deceived: Evil communications corrupt good manners.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not deceive yourselves: "Evil companionships corrupt good morals."

World English Bible
Don't be deceived! "Evil companionships corrupt good morals."

Young's Literal Translation
Be not led astray; evil communications corrupt good manners;
Study Bible
The Order of Resurrection
32If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for human motives, what did I gain? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34Sober up as you ought, and stop sinning; for some of you are ignorant of God. I say this to your shame.…
Cross References
Proverbs 22:25
or you may learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

1 Corinthians 6:9
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who submit to or perform homosexual acts,

Treasury of Scripture

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.


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(33) Be not deceived.--The previous words are spoken with sarcasm. That is what you must come to if this life be all. The solemn thought then occurs to the Apostle that perhaps these words do only too truly describe the actual state of some of the Corinthians. They had become tainted by the bad moral atmosphere in which they lived and which was impregnated with the teaching of that false philosophy, "Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die." "Be not deceived," he adds, solemnly; it is a fact, "Evil communications corrupt good manners." This is a proverb, slightly modified in one word from a line in the Thais of Menander. It is impossible to say whether the Apostle was acquainted with the original line in the poem, or not; for in any case he would probably have quoted it in the form in which it was current amongst ordinary people. The force of the proverb is, that even evil words are dangerous. The constant repetition of an immoral maxim may lead to immoral life. Words that seem harmless, because they float lightly like thistledown, may bear in them a seed of evil which may take root and bring forth evil fruit.

Verse 33. - Be net deceived. Do not be led astray by such specious maxims. They can only arise from that too great familiarity with the heathen against which I have already put you on your guard. Evil communications corrupt good manners. An iambic line from the 'Thais' of Menander, and perhaps taken by Menander from a play of Euripides. More accurately it means "evil associations corrupt excellent morals." According to the best reading (χρηστὰ, not χρησθ), St. Paul does not quote it as an iambic, and in itself it does not offer the least shadow of proof that St. Paul was familiar with classic literature. It is just such a line as he might have seen carved on the Hermae of any Greek town, or preserved in any chrestomathy or gnomology which may have chanced to pass through his hands. His other classic quotations (from Epimenides, Titus 1:12; and Aratus or Cleanthes, Acts 17:28) are of the same common and proverbial character. It is very unlikely that he would have deliberately quoted from the immoral play of a corrupt comedian like Menander. (For the sentiment, see 2 Timothy 2:16-18.) Be not deceived,.... By such as deny the doctrine of the resurrection, and by their reasonings about it; or by such libertines who go into the denial of it, and argue from thence in favour of their licentious course of life:

evil communications corrupt good manners. This is a sentence taken out of Menander, an Heathen poet, showing how dangerous is the conversation of evil men, and what an influence bad principles communicated and imbibed, have on the lives and practices of men. This the apostle cites not out of ostentation, or to show his reading, learning, and acquaintance with such sort of writers; but partly to observe, that this was a truth obvious by the light of nature, and partly because such a testimony might be more regarded by the Corinthians, who might be fond of such authors, and what was said by them; just as when he was at Athens among the philosophers there, he cites a passage out of Aratus, Acts 17:28 as he does another out of Epimenides concerning the Cretians, Titus 1:12. 33. evil communications corrupt good manners—a current saying, forming a verse in Menander, the comic poet, who probably took it from Euripides [Socrates, Ecclesiastical History, 3.16]. "Evil communications" refer to intercourse with those who deny the resurrection. Their notion seems to have been that the resurrection is merely spiritual, that sin has its seat solely in the body, and will be left behind when the soul leaves it, if, indeed, the soul survive death at all.

good—not only good-natured, but pliant. Intimacy with the profligate society around was apt to corrupt the principles of the Corinthians.15:20-34 All that are by faith united to Christ, are by his resurrection assured of their own. As through the sin of the first Adam, all men became mortal, because all had from him the same sinful nature, so, through the resurrection of Christ, shall all who are made to partake of the Spirit, and the spiritual nature, revive, and live for ever. There will be an order in the resurrection. Christ himself has been the first-fruits; at his coming, his redeemed people will be raised before others; at the last the wicked will rise also. Then will be the end of this present state of things. Would we triumph in that solemn and important season, we must now submit to his rule, accept his salvation, and live to his glory. Then shall we rejoice in the completion of his undertaking, that God may receive the whole glory of our salvation, that we may for ever serve him, and enjoy his favour. What shall those do, who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Perhaps baptism is used here in a figure, for afflictions, sufferings, and martyrdom, as Mt 20:22,23. What is, or will become of those who have suffered many and great injuries, and have even lost their lives, for this doctrine of the resurrection, if the dead rise not at all? Whatever the meaning may be, doubtless the apostle's argument was understood by the Corinthians. And it is as plain to us that Christianity would be a foolish profession, if it proposed advantage to themselves by their faithfulness to God; and to have our fruit to holiness, that our end may be everlasting life. But we must not live like beasts, as we do not die like them. It must be ignorance of God that leads any to disbelieve the resurrection and future life. Those who own a God and a providence, and observe how unequal things are in the present life, how frequently the best men fare worst, cannot doubt as to an after-state, where every thing will be set to rights. Let us not be joined with ungodly men; but warn all around us, especially children and young persons, to shun them as a pestilence. Let us awake to righteousness, and not sin.
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