Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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He excommunicates the incestuous adulterer, and admonishes them to purge out the old leaven.

1 It is heard for certain that there is fornication among you, *and such fornication, as the like is not among the heathens: that some one hath his father's wife.

2 And you are puffed up: and have not rather mourned, that he might be taken away from among you, who hath done this deed.

3 *I indeed absent in body, but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him that hath so done,

4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,

5 To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

6 Your glorying is not good. *Know you not that a little leaven corrupteth the whole mass?

7 Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ, our Pasch, is sacrificed.

8 Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators.

10 I mean not with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or the extortioners, or the servers of idols: otherwise you must needs go out of this world.

11 But now I have written to you, not to keep company: if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or a server of idols, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one not so much as to eat.

12 For what have I to do to judge them that are without ? Do not you judge them that are within?

13 For them that are without, God will judge. Put away the evil one from among yourselves.



1: Leviticus xviii. 7. and 8. and xx. 11.

3: Colossians ii. 5.

6: Galatians v. 9.