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The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 6:18

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,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Corinthians 6:18

Flee fornication - A solemn command of God - as explicit as any that thundered from Mount Sinai. None can disregard it with impunity - none can violate it without being exposed to the awful vengeance of the Almighty. There is force and emphasis in the word “flee” φεύγατε pheugate. Man should escape from it; he should not stay to reason about it; to debate the matter; or even to contend with his propensities, and to try the strength of his virtue. There are some sins which a man can resist;... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Corinthians 6:15-18

1 Corinthians 6:15-18. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ Mystically united to him, as well as your souls, if you are his true disciples, as you profess to be. Shall I then take the members of Christ My body, which is united to him, with its members; and make them the members of a harlot United to her, and used to gratify her sinful inclinations? Know ye not Need I inform you; that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? But he that is joined unto the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Unlawful sexual freedom (6:12-20)The Corinthians had claimed that since they were not in bondage to laws they could do as they wished. Paul replies that this is not so. Not all things are helpful, and some may lead a person into a new kind of bondage (12).Certain people at Corinth even claimed that just as the stomach needs a constant supply of food to satisfy it, so the body needs unrestrained sexual pleasure for its satisfaction. Paul denies this. The body’s main purpose is not concerned with... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Corinthians 6:18

Every , i.e. every other. sin . App-128 . man . App-123 . without . Greek. ektos. Occurs: Matthew 23:26 (outside). 2 Corinthians 12:2 , 2 Corinthians 12:3 (out of). sinneth . App-128 . against . App-104 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 Corinthians 6:18

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.Flee fornication ... For further remarks on this, see my Commentary on Hebrews, p. 325. The sin of fornication is against: (a) God (Genesis 39:9), (b) one's body (as here), (c) the church, (d) the marriage institution, (e) the life of the nation, and (f) the very soul itself (Proverbs 6:32).Against his own body ... Although Paul doubtless had specifically in mind the... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 1 Corinthians 6:18

1 Corinthians 6:18. Every sin, &c.——"Every other sin which a man practises is without the body; its effects fall not so directly upon the body, but often more immediately upon the mind; but he that committeth fornication or any kind of lewdness, sinneth particularlyagainst his own body; not only pollutingand debasing it, by making it one with so infamous a creature, but perhaps infecting and enfeebling, wasting, and consuming it,which these vices, when grown habitual and frequent, have an... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 Corinthians 6:18

18. Flee—The only safety in such temptations is flight (Genesis 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 (Mark 7:18; compare Mark 7:18- :). 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... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Corinthians 6:10-20

II. CONDITIONS REPORTED TO PAUL 1:10-6:20The warm introduction to the epistle (1 Corinthians 1:1-9) led Paul to give a strong exhortation to unity. In it he expressed his reaction to reports of serious problems in this church that had reached his ears."Because Paul primarily, and in seriatim fashion, addresses behavioral issues, it is easy to miss the intensely theological nature of 1 Corinthians. Here Paul’s understanding of the gospel and its ethical demands-his theology, if you will-is... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

3. Prostitution in the church 6:12-20The apostle proceeded to point out the sanctity of the believer’s body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. He wanted to help his readers realize the seriousness of the sins that marked them to some extent as a church."The Greeks always looked down on the body. There was a proverbial saying, ’The body is a tomb.’ Epictetus said, ’I am a poor soul shackled to a corpse.’" [Note: Barclay, The Letters . . ., p. 62.] "The question is: If there are no restrictions in... read more

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