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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
1 Corinthians 5



Verse 1

reported = heard. Compare Matthew 2:3; Matthew 4:12. Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:23.

commonly = altogether. Greek. holos. Elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 6:7; 1 Corinthians 15:29. Matthew 5:34.

among. App-104.

not so much = not even. Greek. oude.

named. The texts omit. Supply the Ellipsis by "found". "Named" has been suggested by Ephesians 5:3.

Gentiles. Greek. ethnos.

one = a certain one. App-123.

Verse 2

are = have been.

puffed up. Greek. phusioo. See 1 Corinthians 4:6.

have, &c. = did not rather mourn.

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

hath done = did.

taken away. Greek. exairo. Only here and 1 Corinthians 5:13. The texts read the commoner word airo. Had they mourned and humbled themselves for such a scandal in their midst they must have taken action (1 Corinthians 5:13).

from among = out of (Greek. ek. App-104.) the midst of.

Verse 3

verily = indeed, or for my part.

as. The texts omit.

in. No preposition. Dative case.

spirit. App-101. Absent bodily, he was present with them in thought and feeling. Compare Colossians 2:5.

judged. Greek. krino. App-122.

concerning. Omit.

so. i.e. so daringly.

done this deed = wrought (Greek. katergazomai. See Romans 1:27) this.

Verse 4

In the name, &c. Read, "Having been gathered together in the name of our Lord Jesus, ye and my spirit. "A Latin MS. of the seventh century in the British Museum reads "and the sanctifying Spirit Himself".

the name. Compare Acts 2:38.

Lord. App-98.

Jesus. App-98.

Christ. The texts omit.

with. App-104.

power. App-172.

Jesus Christ. App-98.

Verse 5

To deliver. i.e. That ye should deliver. Greek. paradidomi. See John 19:30. This clause depends on "judged" in 1 Corinthians 5:3.

unto = to.

Satan. Compare 1 Timothy 1:20. Satan is regarded as inflicting bodily suffering. See Luke 13:16. 2 Corinthians 12:7.

for. App-104.

the. Omit.

destruction. Greek. olethros. Elsewhere, 1 Thessalonians 5:3. 2 Thessalonians 1:9. 1 Timothy 6:9.

spirit. App-101.

day. The day of resurrection, when the spirit which returns to God at death is restored.

Verse 6

glorying = boasting. Greek. kauchema. See Romans 4:2.

not. App-105.

Know. App-132. See 1 Corinthians 3:16.

leaven. See Matthew 13:33.

leaveneth. See Matthew 13:33. Figure of speech Paroemia. App-6. Compare Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:9.

lump. Greek. phurama. See Romans 9:21.

Verse 7

Purge out. Greek. ekkathairo. Only here and 2 Timothy 2:21.

Christ. App-98.

is = was.

for = on behalf

of. App-104. But the texts omit "for us".

Verse 8

Therefore = So then.

keep the feast. Greek. heortazo. Only here. He means, the Passover being past, we are living in the days of unleavened bread. Figure of speech Allegory. App-6. Psalms 89:15

not. App-105.

with. Greek. en, as in 1 Corinthians 4:21.

neither. Greek. mede.

malice . . . wickedness. Greek. kakia . . . poneria. App-128.

sincerity. Greek. eilikrineia. Elsewhere, 2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Corinthians 2:17.

Verse 9

an = the, i.e. the present one.

company. Literally mix together. Greek. sunanamignumi. Elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 5:11 and 2 Thessalonians 3:14.

Verse 10

world. Greek. kosmos. App-129.

covetous. Greek. pleonektes. Elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 6:10. Ephesians 5:5.

extortioners. Greek. harpax. Elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 6:10. Matthew 7:15. Luke 18:11.

idolaters. Greek. eidololatres. Elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 10:7. Ephesians 5:5. Revelation 21:8; Revelation 22:15.

must ye needs = ye ought to.

out of. App-104.

Verse 11

keep company. Same as "company with" (1 Corinthians 5:9).

if. App-118.

any man. Greek. tis, as in 1 Corinthians 5:1.

called = named, i.e. bears the name of.

railer. Greek. loidoros. Only here and 1 Corinthians 6:10. Compare 1 Corinthians 4:12.

drunkard. Greek. methusos. Only here and 1 Corinthians 6:10.

no not = not even. Greek. mede, as in 1 Corinthians 5:8.

eat. = eat with. Greek. sunesthio. See Acts 10:41.

Verse 12

have I to do. Literally is it to me.

Verse 13

God. App-98.

Therefore. The texts omit. The injunction is more forcible without it.

put away. Greek. exairo, as in 1 Corinthians 5:2.

from among. App-104.

that, &c. = the wicked (one). App-128. With this chapter should be compared the Lord"s words in Matthew 18:15-17, and Paul"s injunctions in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15. The aim in every case was to bring the offender to repentance. Note also that this was a moral offence, and no sanction is given by these injunctions to the separation so common now on the ground of differing interpretations of Scripture statements.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 5:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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