singular body – plural you

March 2016 (23)

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

1Co 6:18 Escape from sexual sin. Every sin a person commits is outside the body, but the one committing sexual sin is actually bringing sin into his body.

1Co 6:19 Or do you not yet get it — the fact that your body is a temple housing the Holy Spirit inside you, which you all have been given from God, so you do not belong to yourselves?

1Co 6:20 You all were bought at a price, so bring glory to God with that body of yours.

singular body – plural you

I wrestled with translating this text in such a way as to not lose the significance of what Paul was saying here.  All of the pronouns in verses 19-20 are plural.  Paul is speaking to all the Corinthian Christians as if they have one body, and encouraging them to keep that one body pure.  He wants them all to escape the temptation to sexual sin (porneia).  The whole body needs to remain faithful in order to bring glory to the Holy Spirit who resides within it.

LORD, show us how to keep the whole body pure, so that our purity will give you glory.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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