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1 Corinthians 6:16

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Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Adultery;   Chastity;   Lasciviousness;   Marriage;   Quotations and Allusions;   Righteous;   Thompson Chain Reference - Harlots;   Women;   The Topic Concordance - Body;   Communion;   Marriage;   Sexual Activities;   Whoredom;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Chastity;  

Dictionaries:

- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Adultery;   Body;   Corinth;   Fornication;   Marriage;   Prostitution;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Christians, Names of;   Corinthians, First and Second, Theology of;   Family Life and Relations;   Holy, Holiness;   Paul the Apostle;   Prostitution;   Teach, Teacher;   Worship;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Harlot;   Marriage;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Adultery;   Athaliah;   Concubine;   Divorce;   Harlot;   Idol;   Marriage;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Body;   Body of Christ;   Church;   Fertility Cult;   Flesh;   Fornication;   Immorality;   Marriage;   People of God;   Philosophy in the New Testament;   Prostitution;   1 Corinthians;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Corinthians, First Epistle to the;   Marriage;   Paul the Apostle;   Sanctification, Sanctify;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Abstinence;   Commandment;   Fornication ;   Interpretation;   Marriage;   Quotations;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Crime;   Inspiration;   Join;   Jude, the Epistle of;   Text and Manuscripts of the New Testament;  

Devotionals:

- Every Day Light - Devotion for May 31;  

Contextual Overview

16Do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, " The two shall be one flesh ."16God forbid. Know ye not, that he who is joined to an harlot is one body? For they two, saith he, shall be one flesh.16Or do you not know that a man who has to do with a prostitute is one with her in body? For God says, "The two shall become one."16 The Scriptures say, "The two people will become one." So you should know that anyone who is joined with a prostitute becomes one with her in body. 16 it cannot be. why, don't you perceive, that where there is such an attachment, they are but as one person? for the scripture says , "they two shall be as one." 16There's more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, "The two become one." Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never "become one." There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for "becoming one" with another. Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. 16Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." 16 Or 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." 16 Doe ye not knowe, that he which coupleth himselfe with an harlot, is one body? for two, sayeth he, shalbe one flesh. 16 Don't you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh.

Bible Verse Review

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Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
an harlot Genesis 34:31; 38:15,24; Judges 16:1; Matthew 21:31,32; Hebrews 11:31
for
Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5,6; Mark 10:8; Ephesians 5:31
Reciprocal: Isaiah 40:28 - thou not known;  Hosea 4:14 - for;  Romans 6:3 - Know;  1 Corinthians 1:1 - through;  1 Corinthians 3:16 - Know;  1 Corinthians 6:9 - Know;  1 Corinthians 6:19 - What;  Hebrews 8:10 - I will be

Cross-References

Genesis 7:16
Those which entered, male and female of all flesh (creatures), entered as God had commanded Noah; and the Lord closed the door behind him.
Genesis 7:16
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him: and Jehovah shut him in.
Genesis 7:16
And tho that entriden, entriden male and female of ech fleisch, as God comaundide to hym. And the Lord encloside hym fro with out-forth.
Genesis 7:16
And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.
Genesis 7:16
The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
Genesis 7:16
Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind him.
Genesis 7:16
And they entring in, came male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
Genesis 7:16
And they that entered, males and females of every living thing went in, as God had commanded him. Then the LORD shut him in.
Genesis 7:16
Those who went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.
Genesis 7:16
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot,.... Not in marriage, but in carnal copulation, and unclean embraces, is one body with her

for two ("saith he", Adam, or Moses, or God, or the Scripture, or as R. Sol. Jarchi says, the Holy Spirit, Genesis 2:24)

shall be one flesh; what is originally said of copulation in lawful marriage, in which man and wife, legally coupled together, become one flesh, is applied to the unlawful copulation of a man with an harlot, by which act they also become one body, one flesh; and which is made use of by the apostle, to deter the members of Christ from the commission of this sin, which makes a member of Christ one body and flesh with an harlot, than which nothing is more monstrous and detestable. The apostle here directs to the true sense of the phrase in Genesis, "and they shall be one flesh"; that is, man and wife shall only have carnal knowledge of, and copulation with each other. Some Jewish writers interpret this phrase, מצד הולד "on account of the foetus", which is formed by the means of them both, and which becomes "their one flesh": others, thus as if they were, or because they are, like as if they were one flesh; but others, in more agreement with the apostle, think that this has respect אל החבור, "to that conjunction", by which the fixing of the species is completed; and others expressly thus, "they two shall be one flesh", למקום ששניהם עושים בשר אחד, "that is, in the place where both of them make one flesh": which is equally done by unlawful copulation with an harlot, as with a man's own wife.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Know ye not … - This is the third argument against licentiousness. It is, that we as Christians are united to Christ (compare the notes at John 15:1 ff); and that it is abominable to take the members of Christ and subject them to pollution and sin. Christ was pure - wholly pure. We are professedly united to him. We are bound therefore to be pure, as he was. Shall that which is a part, as it were, of the pure and holy Saviour, be prostituted to impure and unholy embraces?

God forbid! - See the note at Romans 3:4. This expresses the deep abhorrence of the apostle at the thought. It needed not argument to show it. The whole world revolted at the idea; and language could scarcely express the abomination of the very thought.

Know ye not … - This is designed to confirm and strengthen what he had just said.

He which is joined - Who is attached to; or who is connected with.

Is one body - That is, is to he regarded as one; is closely and intimately united. Similar expressions occur in Classic writers. See Grotius and Bloomfield.

For two, saith he … - This Paul illustrates by a reference to the formation of the marriage connection in Ger. Romans 2:14. He cannot be understood as affirming that that passage had original reference to illicit connections; but be uses it for purposes of illustration. God had declared that the man and his wife became one; in a similar sense in unlawful connections the parties became one.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

He that is joined to a harlot is one body - In Sohar Genes., fol. 19, we have these remarkable words: Whosoever connects himself with another man's wife, does in effect renounce the holy blessed God, and the Church of the Israelites.