1 Corinthians 3:17
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English Standard Version
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if any man violate the temple of God, him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy, which you are.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man defileth the temple of God, him will God destroy: for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one is marring the Sanctuary of God, him will God mar; for the Sanctuary of God is holy, which you all are.

1 Corinthians 3:17 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Defile (φθείρει)

Rev., more correctly, destroy. This is the primary and almost universal meaning in classical Greek. In a fragment of Euripides it occurs of dishonoring a female. Sophocles uses it of women pining away in barrenness, and Plutarch of mixing pure colors. The phrase seems to be used here according to the Jewish idea that the temple was destroyed or corrupted by the slightest defilement or damage, or by neglect on the part of its guardians. Ignatius says: "οἱ οἰκοφθόροι; violators of the house (of God) shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (To the Ephesians, 16).

Which temple (οἵτινες)

Temple is not in the Greek. The double relative which refers to the epithet holy; "of which holy character or class ye are."

1 Corinthians 3:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

any.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body...

Leviticus 15:31 Thus shall you separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness...

Leviticus 20:3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he has given of his seed to Molech...

Numbers 19:20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation...

Psalm 74:3 Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy has done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Psalm 79:1 O God, the heathen are come into your inheritance; your holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.

Ezekiel 5:11 Why, as I live, said the Lord GOD; Surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things...

Ezekiel 7:22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.

Ezekiel 23:38,39 Moreover this they have done to me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths...

Zephaniah 3:4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

defile. or. destroy. for.

Genesis 28:17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not near here: put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place where on you stand is holy ground.

1 Chronicles 29:3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of my own proper good, of gold and silver...

Psalm 93:5 Your testimonies are very sure: holiness becomes your house, O LORD, for ever.

Psalm 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

Isaiah 64:11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

Ezekiel 43:12 This is the law of the house; On the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold...

Cross References
Psalm 93:5
Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

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