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1 Corinthians 10:8

    1 Corinthians 10:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Again, let us not give way to the desires of the flesh, as some of them did, of whom twenty-three thousand came to their end in one day.

    Webster's Revision

    Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

    World English Bible

    Neither let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 10:8

    Fornication - Sexual immorality.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:8

    Fell in one day three and twenty thousand - In Numbers 25:9, the number is 24,000; and, allowing this to be the genuine reading, (and none of the Hebrew MSS. exhibit any various reading in the place), Moses and the apostle may be thus reconciled: in Numbers 25:4, God commands Moses to take all the heads (the rulers) of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun; these possibly amounted to 1000, and those who fell by the plague were 23,000, so that the whole amounted to 24,000. Instead of εικοσιτρεις χιλιαδες, 23,000, two MSS., with the later Syriac and the Armenian, have εικοσιτεσσαρες χιλιαδες, 24,000; but this authority is too slender to establish a various reading, which recedes so much from the received text. I think the discordance may be best accounted for by supposing, as above, that Phineas and his companions might have slain 1000 men, who were heads of the people, and chief in this idolatry; and that the plague sent from the Lord destroyed 23,000 more; so an equal number to the whole tribe of Levi perished in one day, who were just 23,000. See Numbers 26:62; and see Lightfoot.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:8

    Neither let us commit fornication ... - The case referred to here was that of the licentious contact with the daughters of Moab, referred to in Numbers 25:1-9.

    And fell in one day - Were slain for their sin by the plague that prevailed.

    Three and twenty thousand - The Hebrew text in Numbers 25:9, is twenty-four thousand. In order to reconcile these statements, it may be observed that perhaps 23,000 fell directly by the plague, and 1,000 were slain by Phinehas and his companions (Grotius); or it may be that the number was between 23,000 and 24,000, and it might be expressed in round numbers by either - Macknight. At all events, Paul has not exceeded the truth. There were at least 23,000 that fell, though there might have been more. The probable supposition is, that the 23,000 fell immediately by the hand of God in the plague, and the other thousand by the judges; and as Paul's design was particularly to mention the proofs of the immediate divine displeasure, he refers only to those who fell by that, in illustration of his subject - There was a particular reason for this caution in respect to licentiousness:

    (1) It was common among all idolaters; and Paul in cautioning them against idolatry, would naturally warn them of this danger.

    (2) it was common at Corinth. It was the prevalent vice there. To "Corinthianize" was a term synonymous among the ancients with licentiousness.

    (3) so common was this at Corinth, that, as we have seen (see the introduction), not less than 1,000 prostitutes were supported in a single temple there; and the city was visited by vast multitudes of foreigners, among other reasons on account of its facilities for this sin. Christians, therefore, were in a special manner exposed to it; and hence, the anxiety of the apostle to warn them against it.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:8

    10:8 And fell in one day three and twenty thousand - Beside the princes who were afterwards hanged, and those whom the judges slew so that there died in all four and twenty thousand. Num 25:1,9.