1 Corinthians 3:17
New International Version
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

New Living Translation
God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

English Standard Version
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Berean Study Bible
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Berean Literal Bible
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are.

King James Bible
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

New King James Version
If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

New American Standard Bible
If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

NASB 1995
If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

NASB 1977
If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

Amplified Bible
If anyone destroys the temple of God [corrupting it with false doctrine], God will destroy the destroyer; for the temple of God is holy (sacred), and that is what you are.

Christian Standard Bible
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and that is what you are.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.

American Standard Version
If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are ye.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever destroys the Temple of God, God destroys; for the Temple of God is holy, which you are.

Contemporary English Version
Together you are God's holy temple, and God will destroy anyone who destroys his temple.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if any man violate the temple of God, him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy, which you are.

English Revised Version
If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Good News Translation
God will destroy anyone who destroys God's temple. For God's temple is holy, and you yourselves are his temple.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him because God's temple is holy. You are that holy temple!

International Standard Version
If anyone destroys God's sanctuary, God will destroy him, for God's sanctuary is holy. And you are that sanctuary!

Literal Standard Version
If anyone ruins the temple of God, God will ruin him; for the temple of God is holy, which you are.

NET Bible
If someone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, which is what you are.

New Heart English Bible
If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one is marring the Sanctuary of God, him will God mar; for the Sanctuary of God is holy, which you all are.

World English Bible
If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are.

Young's Literal Translation
if any one the sanctuary of God doth waste, him shall God waste; for the sanctuary of God is holy, the which ye are.

Additional Translations ...
Context
You are God's Temple
16Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18Let no one deceive himself. If any of you thinks he is wise in this age, he should become a fool, so that he may become wise.…

Cross References
Psalm 93:5
Your testimonies are fully confirmed; holiness adorns Your house, O LORD, for all the days to come.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you yourselves are God's temple, and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no one deceive himself. If any of you thinks he is wise in this age, he should become a fool, so that he may become wise.


Treasury of Scripture

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

any.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body…

Leviticus 15:31
Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.

Leviticus 20:3
And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

defile.

Genesis 28:17
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Exodus 3:5
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

1 Chronicles 29:3
Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,









(17) If any man defile.--Better, If any man destroy--the opposite of "building up," which should be the work of the Christian teacher; the architectural image being still in view.

Which temple ye are.--Literally, the which are ye, "which" referring rather to holy than to the temple; the argument being that as they are "holy" by the indwelling of God's Spirit, therefore they are the temple of God. As God commanded the punishment of death to be inflicted on whoever defiled the actual Temple (see Exodus 28:43; Leviticus 16:2), because it was holy unto the Lord, and His presence dwelt there; so they, having the same Spirit in them, were a temple also holy unto the Lord, and God would not leave him unpunished who destroyed or marred this spiritual temple.

Verse 17. - If any man defile the temple of God. The verb is the same as in the next clause, and should be rendered, If any man destroy the temple of God; but the word is perhaps too strong, and the word "mar" or "injure" might better convey the meaning (Olshausen). The two verbs are brought into vivid juxtaposition in the original: "God shall ruin the ruiner of his temple." St. Paul was, perhaps, thinking of the penalty of death attached to any one who desecrated the temple of Jerusalem. Inscriptions on the chel, or "middle wall of partition," threatened death to any Gentile who set foot within the sacred enclosure." Which temple ye are; literally, the which are ye; i.e. ye are holy. St. Paul is here referring to the Church of Corinth, and to the false teachers who desecrated it by bringing in "factions of destruction" (2 Peter 2:1). Ideally the Church was glorious, "not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing" (Ephesians 5:27).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
If
εἴ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

anyone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

destroys
φθείρει (phtheirei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5351: To corrupt, spoil, destroy, ruin. Probably strengthened from phthio; properly, to shrivel or wither, i.e. To spoil or to ruin.

God’s
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

temple,
ναὸν (naon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3485: A temple, a shrine, that part of the temple where God himself resides. From a primary naio; a fane, shrine, temple.

God
Θεός (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

will destroy
φθερεῖ (phtherei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5351: To corrupt, spoil, destroy, ruin. Probably strengthened from phthio; properly, to shrivel or wither, i.e. To spoil or to ruin.

him;
τοῦτον (touton)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

for
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

God’s
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

temple
ναὸς (naos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3485: A temple, a shrine, that part of the temple where God himself resides. From a primary naio; a fane, shrine, temple.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

holy,
ἅγιός (hagios)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

[and] you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[that temple].
οἵτινές (hoitines)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3748: Whosoever, whichsoever, whatsoever.


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