1 Corinthians 15:33


1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV)   Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.


The following ten modern versions have not translated 1 Corinthians 15:33 from the Greek Texts, instead they took the quote directly from a Greek Comic Playwright named Menander.




“Menander (342-291 B.C.) was an Athenian comic playwright. He was the acknowledged master of the so-called New Comedy in Greece. Famed for his realistic portrayal of situations and characters, he greatly influenced later comic dramatists.


Until the end of the 19th century Menander was known only through short quotations from his plays, many of which had survived as maxims collected in anthologies. Among them were "Whom the gods love die young" and "Bad associates spoil a good character."


NIV - New International Version Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[a]
Footnotes: 1 Corinthians 15:33 From the Greek poet Menander
CEB - Common English Bible
Don’t be deceived, bad company corrupts good character.

CSB- Christian Standard Bible
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 

CJB - Complete Jewish Bible
Don’t be fooled. “Bad company ruins good character.”
AMPC - Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good mannersand morals and character.
EXB - The Expanded Bible
Do not be ·fooled [deceived; misled]: “Bad ·friends [company] will ruin good ·habits [or character; morals; a quote from the Greek poet Menander (c. 342–291 bc)].”
GNT - Good News Translation
Do not be fooled. “Bad companions ruin good character.”
JUB - Jubilee Bible 2000
Be not deceived: evil companions corrupt good character.
 NIVUK - New International Version Anglicized
Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’
DNLT - Disciples' Literal New Testament
Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”