1Suppose one of you wants to bring a charge against another believer. Should you take it to the ungodly to be judged? Why not take it to God's people?2Don't you know that God's people will judge the world? And if you are going to judge the world, aren't you able to judge small cases?3Don't you know that we will judge angels? Then we should be able to judge the things of this life even more!4So if you want to press charges in matters like that, appoint as judges members of the church who aren't very important!5I say this to shame you. Is it possible that no one among you is wise enough to judge matters between believers?6Instead, one believer goes to court against another. And this happens in front of unbelievers!7The very fact that you take another believer to court means you have lost the battle already. Why not be treated wrongly? Why not be cheated?8Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong. And you do it to your brothers and sisters.9Don't you know that evil people will not receive God's kingdom? Don't be fooled. Those who commit sexual sins will not receive the kingdom. Neither will those who worship statues of gods or commit adultery. Neither will men who are prostitutes or who commit homosexual acts.10Neither will thieves or those who always want more and more. Neither will those who are often drunk or tell lies or cheat. People who live like that will not receive God's kingdom.11Some of you used to do those things. But your sins were washed away. You were made holy. You were made right with God. All of that was done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
12Some of you say, “Everything is permitted for me.” But not everything is good for me. Again some of you say, “Everything is permitted for me.” But I will not be controlled by anything.13Some of you say, “Food is for the stomach. And the stomach is for food.” But God will destroy both of them. The body is not meant for sexual sins. The body is meant for the Lord. And the Lord is meant for the body.14By his power God raised the Lord from the dead. He will also raise us up.15Don't you know that your bodies belong to the body of Christ? Should I take what belongs to Christ and join it to a prostitute? Never!16Don't you know that when you join yourself to a prostitute, you become one with her in body? Scripture says, “The two will become one.” (Ge 2:24)17But anyone who is joined to the Lord becomes one with him in spirit.18Keep far away from sexual sins. All the other sins a person commits are outside his body. But sexual sins are sins against one's own body.19Don't you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you. You have received him from God. You do not belong to yourselves.20Christ has paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God.
1 Corinthians 6
English Standard Version
Lawsuits Against Believers
1When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? (Mt 18:17)2Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? (Da 7:22; Mt 19:28; Re 20:4)3Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!4So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? (1Co 5:12)5I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, (1Co 4:14; 1Co 15:34)6but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?7To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? (Mt 5:39)8But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! (1Th 4:6)9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, (1Co 15:50; Ga 5:21; Eph 5:5; 1Ti 1:9; Heb 12:14; Heb 13:4; Re 21:8; Re 22:15)10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (Ac 22:16; Ro 8:30; 1Co 1:2; 1Co 12:2; Eph 2:2; Eph 4:22; Eph 5:8; Col 3:7; Tit 3:3; Tit 3:5; Heb 10:22)
Flee Sexual Immorality
12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. (1Co 10:23)13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (Mt 15:17; 1Co 6:15; 1Co 6:19; Eph 5:23; Col 2:22)14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. (Mt 22:29; Joh 6:39; Ac 2:24; 1Co 15:22; Eph 1:19)15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! (Ro 12:5; 1Co 6:13; 1Co 12:27; Eph 5:30)16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” (Ge 2:24; Mt 19:5; Mr 10:8; Eph 5:31)17But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (Joh 17:21; Eph 4:4)18Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (Pr 5:11; 2Co 12:21; Eph 5:3)19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, (Joh 2:21; Ro 14:7; 1Co 3:16)20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (Ac 20:28; 1Co 7:23; Php 1:20; Heb 9:12; Heb 9:14; 2Pe 2:1)