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1 Corinthians 3:17

    1 Corinthians 3:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are ye.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If anyone makes the house of God unclean, God will put an end to him; for the house of God is holy, and you are his house.

    Webster's Revision

    If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are ye.

    World English Bible

    If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:17

    If any man defile the temple - This clause is not consistently translated. Ει τις τον ναον του Θεου φθειρει, φθερει τουτον ὁ Θεος If any man destroy the temple of God, him will God destroy. The verb is the same in both clauses. If any man injure, corrupt, or destroy the Church of God by false doctrine, God will destroy him - will take away his part out of the book of life. This refers to him who wilfully opposes the truth; the erring, mistaken man shall barely escape; but the obstinate opposer shall be destroyed. The former shall be treated leniently; the latter shall have judgment without mercy.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 3:17

    If any man defile ... - Or, "destroy, corrupt" (φθείρει phtheirei). The Greek word is the same in both parts of the sentence. "If any man 'destroy' the temple of God, God shall 'destroy' him." This is presented in the form of an adage or proverb. And the truth here stated is based on the fact that the temple of God was inviolable. That temple was holy; and if any man subsequently destroyed it, it might be presumed that God would destroy him. The figurative sense is, "If any man by his doctrines or precepts shall pursue such a course as tends to destroy the church, God shall severely punish him.

    For the temple of God is holy - The temple of God is to be regarded as sacred and inviolable. This was unquestionably the common opinion among the Jews respecting the temple at Jerusalem; and it was the common doctrine of the Gentiles respecting their temples. Sacred places were regarded as inviolable; and this general truth Paul applies to the Christian church in general - Locke supposes that Paul had particular reference here to the false teachers in Corinth. But the expression, "if any man," is equally applicable to all other false teachers as to him.

    Which temple ye are - This proves that though Paul regarded them as lamentably corrupt in some respects, he still regarded them as a true church - as a part of the holy temple of God.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 3:17

    3:17 If any man destroy the temple of God - Destroy a real Christian, by schisms, or doctrines fundamentally wrong. Him shall God destroy - He shall not be saved at all; not even as through the fire.

    Verses Related to 1 Corinthians 3:17

    James 1:22 - But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
    John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
    Proverbs 17:22 - A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.