1 Corinthians 16:22
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New International Version
If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord!

New Living Translation
If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Our Lord, come!

English Standard Version
If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!

Berean Study Bible
If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be under a divine curse. Come, O Lord!

Berean Literal Bible
If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha!

New American Standard Bible
If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha.

King James Bible
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

Christian Standard Bible
If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Our Lord, come!

Contemporary English Version
I pray that God will put a curse on everyone who doesn't love the Lord. And may the Lord come soon.

Good News Translation
Whoever does not love the Lord--a curse on him! Marana tha--Our Lord, come!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Marana tha that is, Lord, come!

International Standard Version
If anyone doesn't love the Lord, let him be condemned! May our Lord come!

NET Bible
Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed. Our Lord, come!

New Heart English Bible
If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Our Lord, come.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever does not love our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, let him be damned. our Lord has come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If anyone doesn't love the Lord, let him be cursed! Our Lord, come!

New American Standard 1977
If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If any man does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema. Our Lord has come.

King James 2000 Bible
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

American King James Version
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

American Standard Version
If any man loveth not the Lord, let him be anathema. Maranatha.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man love not our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema, maranatha.

Darby Bible Translation
If any one love not the Lord [Jesus Christ] let him be Anathema Maranatha.

English Revised Version
If any man loveth not the Lord, let him be anathema. Maranatha.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man loveth not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maran-atha.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one is destitute of love to the Lord, let him be accursed. OUR LORD IS COMING.

World English Bible
If any man doesn't love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. Come, Lord!

Young's Literal Translation
if any one doth not love the Lord Jesus Christ -- let him be anathema! The Lord hath come!
Study Bible
Final Greetings
21This greeting is in my own hand—Paul. 22If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be under a divine curse. Come, O Lord! 23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.…
Cross References
Romans 9:3
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood,

Philippians 4:5
Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near.

Revelation 22:20
He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Treasury of Scripture

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.


Songs 1:3,4,7 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment …

Songs 3:1-3 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, …

Songs 5:16 His mouth is most sweet: yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my …

Isaiah 5:1 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching …

Matthew 10:37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: …

Matthew 25:40,45 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

John 8:42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for …

John 14:15,21,23 If you love me, keep my commandments…

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, …

John 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it to you.

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

2 Corinthians 8:8,9 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

1 Peter 2:7 To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which …

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

Anathema. That is, 'Let him be accursed; our Lord cometh,' i.e., to execute the judgment denounced.

Matthew 25:41,46 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

Acts 23:14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have …

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, …

Galatians 1:8,9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to …

1 Corinthians 12:3 Why I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit …

2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Jude 1:14,15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, …

(22) If any man love not the Lord Jesus.--From all the argument and controversy which form the main portion of the Epistle, the Apostle with his own hand brings back the thoughts of the Corinthians to the true test of their Christianity. Do they love the Lord Jesus? The word here used for love signifies not merely affectionate regard, but personal devotion.

Let him be Anathema Maran-atha.--Better Let him be Anathema. Maranatha. There is no connection between these two words. Anathema signifies "accursed." The absence of love to Christ is condemnation. The word Maranatha is a Syriac expression--"the Lord is at hand," or "the Lord is come;" probably the former. The uncertainty of the moment when the Lord may come is the most solemn thought with which to remind them of the importance of being one with Christ. Stanley gives the following interesting Note:--"The name Maronite is sometimes explained by a tradition that the Jews in their expectation of the Messiah were constantly saying, Maran (Lord). To which the Christians answered, Maranatha (The Lord is come), why do you expect Him? Hence the name, 'Maronite' is applied to the Jews, especially Spanish Jews and Moors who confessed Maran, but not Maranatha."

Verse 22. - If any man love not, etc. This sentence (as in Colossians 4:18; Ephesians 6:24) is part of the autograph salutation. The verb here used for "love" (philo) was perhaps suggested by the word for "kiss" (philema). The word generally used for "love of God" is agapae (Ephesians 6:24), which implies less warmth, but deeper reverence. But this passage is full of emotion. Let him be Anathema. The word only occurs elsewhere in 1 Corinthians 12:3; Acts 23:13; Romans 9:3; Galatians 1:8, 9 (comp. Matthew 26:74, "to curse"). It is the equivalent of the Hebrew cherem, a ban (Leviticus 27:29; Joshua 6:17, etc.). I cannot pretend to understand what St. Paul means by it, unless it be "Let personal love to Christ be the essential of Christian fellowship, and let him who has it not be regarded as apart from the Church." Commentators call it "an imprecation," or "malediction," and say that it means "Let him be devoted to God's wrath and judgment." That language is, indeed, very like the language of religious hatred and religious usurpation in all ages, but it is the very antithesis to the general tone of the apostle. If this were the meaning, it would seem to resemble the very spirit which Christ himself severely rebuked as the Elijah spirit, not the Christ spirit. But I do not believe that, even in a passing outburst of strong emotion, St. Paul had any such meaning. For

(1) the Jews used cherem, not only of the severer form of excommunication (shem atha), but even of the milder and by no means severe temporary form (nidui); and

(2) it cannot be more severe than "handing over to Satan" (1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Timothy 1:20), which was merciful in its purpose. Maran-atha; two words, the Lord cometh; like the Jewish shem atha, "the Name cometh," or, "the Lord comes." It seems to be an appeal to the judgment of Christ, and may possibly have been an allusion to Malachi 4:6, the words with which the Old Testament ends (see Jude 1:14, 15). If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ,.... The Vulgate Latin, and the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, read "our Lord". The apostle here does not so much mean profane and unregenerate sinners, who are destitute of love to Christ, from ignorance of him; nor such who, from the same principle, might persecute him in his members, for such are to be even prayed for, and wished well unto; and oftentimes such are called by grace, and become true and sincere lovers of Christ; and the apostle himself was an instance of it: some think the Jews are intended, who were the mortal enemies of Christ; hated his name and person, his Gospel and interest, and maliciously persecuted the same; they called Jesus accursed, and therefore deserved an anathema to be pronounced on them; it was prophesied of them, that their name should be left for a curse; and it was threatened to them, in case of non-repentance, upon the coming of John the Baptist, in the spirit of Elijah, that the Lord would come and smite their land with a curse; which had its accomplishment in the destruction of Jerusalem; see Isaiah 65:15; others think the Gnostics are intended, one of whose tenets was, that it was lawful not to confess Christ in a time of persecution, in order to save themselves; and such might be truly said not to love our Lord Jesus, and on whom such an anathema as after mentioned might rightly be denounced: though it should seem rather, that some persons in this church, or that infested it, are referred to as the false teachers, and those who sided with them, who made factions and divisions in the church of Christ; allowed themselves in the commission of fornication and incest, and such like impurities; had no regard to the peace of the consciences of weak brethren, but laid stumblingblocks in their way; behaved in a very irreverent manner at the Lord's table, and gave in to very pernicious errors and heresies, particularly denying the resurrection of the dead; and by their many bad principles and practices plainly showed that they did not in deed and in truth love our Lord Jesus: wherefore of every such an one the apostle says,

let him be anathema. The word anathema, answers to the Hebrew and is rendered by it here in the Syriac version; and signifies anything separated and devoted to holy uses; and so it is used by the Septuagint, in Leviticus 27:28, and in the New Testament, Luke 21:5, and which, if alienated to any other purposes, entailed a curse on persons; hence it is often translated "accursed", as Romans 9:3 1 Corinthians 12:3, and here it signifies, that such persons that love not the Lord Jesus, should be rejected by the saints, and separated from their communion; and so the Arabic version renders it, "let him be separated"; that is, from the church; let him be cast out of it, and cut off from it; as, so living and dying without love to Christ, he will be accursed by him at the last day, and will have that awful sentence denounced on him, "go ye cursed". The apostle adds another word, about which there is some difficulty,

maranatha; some make this to be the same with "anathema"; the one being the Syriac, the other the Greek word, as "Abba, Father"; and think that "maranatha" is put for "maharamatha"; others think that it is the same with "maharonatha", which signifies "from wrath to come"; and being joined with the other word, intends an anathematizing or devoting persons to wrath to come: others take it to be the last, and worse sort of excommunication among the Jews; and observe, that the first sort was called "Niddui", which was a separation from company and conversation, to which reference may be had in Luke 6:22; the second sort was called Cherem, to which "anathema" answers, and was a separation, attended with curses and imprecations; and a third sort was called "Shammatha", and is thought to answer to "maranatha", giving the etymology of it, as if it was, , "the name", i.e. "God cometh", as "maranatha" read as two words, signify "our Lord cometh": but this is not the etymology the Jews give of "Shammatha" (g); they ask,

"what is "Shammatha?" says Rab, , "there is death"; and Samuel says, , "desolations shall be";''

but of the other etymology there is no mention made among them; nor is ever the word "maranatha" used by them for excommunication; the sense of which certainly is, "our Lord cometh"; and the Ethiopic version, joining it with the former word, renders the whole thus, "let him be anathema in the coming of our Lord", which seems to be pretty much the sense of the apostle: it is best to consider this word, or rather these two words, "maran atha", "our Lord cometh", as added by the apostle, to put persons in mind of the coming of Christ; either at the destruction of Jerusalem, to take vengeance on the Jews, who did not love, but hated him, and maliciously persecuted him, and his; or of the second coming of Christ to judgment, when all the wicked of the earth shall be accursed by him, and all such that love him not will be bid to depart from him.

(g) T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 17. 1.22. A solemn closing warning added in his own hand as in Eph 6:24; Col 4:18.

the Lord—who ought to be "loved" above Paul, Apollos, and all other teachers. Love to one another is to be in connection with love to Him above all. Ignatius [Epistle to the Romans, 7] writes of Christ, "My love, has been crucified" (compare So 2:7).

Jesus Christ—omitted in the oldest manuscripts.

let him be Anathema—accursed with that curse which the Jews who call Jesus "accursed" (1Co 12:3) are bringing righteously on their own heads [Bengel]. So far from "saluting" him, I bid him be accursed.

Maranatha—Syriac for, "the Lord cometh." A motto or watchword to urge them to preparedness for the Lord's coming; as in Php 4:5, "The Lord is at hand."16:19-24 Christianity by no means destroys civility. Religion should promote a courteous and obliging temper towards all. Those give a false idea of religion, and reproach it, who would take encouragement from it to be sour and morose. And Christian salutations are not mere empty compliments; but are real expressions of good-will to others, and commend them to the Divine grace and blessing. Every Christian family should be as a Christian church. Wherever two or three are gathered together in the name of Christ, and he is among them, there is a church. Here is a solemn warning. Many who have Christ's name much in their mouths, have no true love to him in their hearts. None love him in truth, who do not love his laws, and keep his commandments. Many are Christians in name, who do not love Christ Jesus the Lord in sincerity. Such are separated from the people of God, and the favour of God. Those who love not the Lord Jesus Christ, must perish without remedy. Let us not rest in any religious profession where there is not the love of Christ, earnest desires for his salvation, gratitude for his mercies, and obedience to his commandments. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ has in it all that is good, for time and for eternity. To wish that our friends may have this grace with them, is wishing them the utmost good. And this we should wish all our friends and brethren in Christ. We can wish them nothing greater, and we should wish them nothing less. True Christianity makes us wish those whom we love, the blessings of both worlds; this is meant in wishing the grace of Christ to be with them. The apostle had dealt plainly with the Corinthians, and told them of their faults with just severity; but he parts in love, and with a solemn profession of his love to them for Christ's sake. May our love be with all who are in Christ Jesus. Let us try whether all things appear worthless to us, when compared with Christ and his righteousness. Do we allow ourselves in any known sin, or in the neglect of any known duty? By such inquiries, faithfully made, we may judge of the state of our souls.
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