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1 Corinthians 5


 1 It (1) is heard certainly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not once named among the (♣) Gentiles, (*) that one should have his fatherís wife.


(1) They are greatly to be reprehended which by suffering of wickedness, set forth the Church of God to be mocked and scorned of the infidels.

(♣) Who would think that you would suffer that mischief unpunished, which the most barbarous nations abhor to speak of.

(*) Leviticus 18:8 .


 2  (2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather sorrowed, that he which hath done this deed, might be put from among you.


(2) There are none more proud, than they that least know themselves.


 3 (3) (*) For I verily as absent in body, but present in (a) spirit, have determined already as though I were present, that he that hath (♣) thus done this thing,


(3) Excommunication ought not to be committed to one manís power, but must be done by the authority of the whole Congregation, after that the matter is diligently examined.

(*) Colossians 2:5 .

(a) In mind, thought and will.

(♣) Having now received the Gospel.


 4 When ye are gathered together, and my (*) spirit, (♣) in the (b) Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that such one, I say, (4) by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,


(*) My will and consent.

(♣) With invocation of Godís Name, as becometh them which procure the Lordís business and not their own.

(b) Calling upon Christ his Name.
(4) There is no doubt that judgment is ratified in heaven, wherein Christ himself sitteth as Judge.


 5  (5) (*) Be (c) delivered unto (♣) Satan, for the (6) (♠) destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.


(5) The excommunicate is delivered to the power of Satan, in that, which he is cast out of the house of God.

(*) 1 Timothy 1:20 .
(c) What it is to be delivered to Satan, the Lord himself declareth when he saith, Let him be unto thee as an Heathen and Publican, Matthew 18:17; that is to say, to be disfranchised, and put out of the right and liberty of the city of Christ, which is the Church, without which Satan is lord and master.

(♣) Which is, to be as a heathen man and publicans.
(6) The end of excommunication is not to cast away the excommunicate, that he should utterly perish, but that he may be saved, to wit, that by this means his flesh may be tamed, that he may learn to live to the Spirit.

(♠) For being wounded with shame and sorrow, his flesh or old man shall die; and the spirit or new man shall remain alive and enjoy the victory in the day when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead, 2 Corinthians 4:18; 1 Peter 4:6 .


 6  (7) Your rejoicing (d) is not (♣) good. (*) Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?


(7) Another end of excommunication is, that others be not infected, and therefore it must of necessity be retained in the Church, that the one be not infected by the other.
(d) Is naught, and not grounded upon good reason, as though you were excellent, and yet there is such wickedness found amongst you.

(♣) Seeing you suffer such monstrous vices among you.

(*) 2 Corinthians 4:18; 1 Peter 4:6; Galatians 5:9 .


 7  (8) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new (e) lump, (*) as ye are unleavened. For Christ our (f) Passover is sacrificed for us.


(8) By alluding to the ceremony of the Passover, he exhorteth them to cast out that unclean person from amongst them. In times past, saith he, it was not lawful for them which did celebrate the Passover, to eat leavened bread, insomuch that he was holden as unclean and unworthy to eat the Passover, whosoever had but tasted of leaven. Now our whole life must be as it were the feast of unleavened bread, wherein all they that are partakers of that immaculate Lamb which is slain, must cast out both of themselves, and also out of their houses and Congregations all impurity.
(e) By lump he meaneth the whole body of the Church, every member whereof must be unleavened bread, that is, be renewed in spirit, by plucking away the old corruption.

(*) As every man particularly is pure, so the whole Church in general may be pure.
(f) The Lamb of our Passover.


 8 Therefore let us keep the (g) feast, not with old leaven, neither in the leaven of maliciousness and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


(g) Let us lead our whole life, as it were a continual feast, honestly and uprightly.


 9  (9) I wrote unto you in an Epistle, (*) that ye should not company together with fornicators,


(9) Now he speaketh more generally; and that which he spake before of the incestuous person, he sheweth that it pertaineth to others, which are known to be wicked, and such as through their naughty life are a slander to the Church, which ought also by lawful order be cast out of the community of the Church. And making mention of eating of meat, either he meaneth those feasts of love whereat the Supper of the Lord was received, or else their common usage and manner of life which is rightly to be taken, lest any man should think that either matrimony were broken by excommunication, or such duties hindered and cut off thereby, as we owe one to another; children to their parents, subjects to their rulers, servants to their masters, and neighbor to neighbor, to win one another to God.

(*) 2 Thessalonians 3:14 .


 10 And (*) not (h) altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or with extortioners, or with idolaters; for then ye must go out of the world.


(*) But he meant of those that were conversant in the Church, whom they ought by discipline to have corrected; for as touching strangers they ought by all means godly to win them to Christ.

(h) If you should utterly abstain from such men's company, you should go out of the world; therefore I speak of them which are in the very bosom of the Church, which must be called home by discipline, and not of them which are without, with whom you must labor by all means possible, to bring them to Christ.


 11 But now I have written unto you, that ye company not together; if any that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or an (*) idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such one eat not.


(*) Who to please both parts would be present at idol service, and yet profess the Gospel.


 12  (10) For what have I to do to judge them also which are (*) without? Do ye not judge them that are (♣) within?


(10) Such as are false brethren, ought to be cast out of the Congregation, as for them which are without, they must be left to the judgment of God.

(*) Unto whom the Ecclesiastical discipline doeth not stretch.

(♣) Which are subject to Godís word, and to the discipline of the Church.


 13 But God judgeth them that are without. Put away therefore from among yourselves that wicked man.





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