1 Corinthians 7:11
Parallel Verses
New International Version
But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

New Living Translation
But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.

English Standard Version
(but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

New American Standard Bible
(but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife.

King James Bible
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband--and a husband is not to leave his wife.

International Standard Version
But if she does leave him, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. Likewise, a husband must not abandon his wife.

NET Bible
(but if she does, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband), and a husband should not divorce his wife.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if she does depart, let her remain without a husband or let her be reconciled to her husband and let not a man forsake his wife.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If she does, she should stay single or make up with her husband. Likewise, a husband should not divorce his wife.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and if she separates, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, and let not the husband put away his wife.

King James 2000 Bible
But if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

American King James Version
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

American Standard Version
(but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if she depart, that she remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband. And let not the husband put away his wife.

Darby Bible Translation
(but if also she shall have been separated, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband;) and let not husband leave wife.

English Revised Version
(but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if she shall depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

Weymouth New Testament
or if she has already left him, let her either remain as she is or be reconciled to him; and that a husband is not to send away his wife.

World English Bible
(but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband not leave his wife.

Young's Literal Translation
but and if she may separate, let her remain unmarried, or to the husband let her be reconciled, and let not a husband send away a wife.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:10-16 Man and wife must not separate for any other cause than what Christ allows. Divorce, at that time, was very common among both Jews and Gentiles, on very slight pretexts. Marriage is a Divine institution; and is an engagement for life, by God's appointment. We are bound, as much as in us lies, to live peaceably with all men, Ro 12:18, therefore to promote the peace and comfort of our nearest relatives, though unbelievers. It should be the labour and study of those who are married, to make each other as easy and happy as possible. Should a Christian desert a husband or wife, when there is opportunity to give the greatest proof of love? Stay, and labour heartily for the conversion of thy relative. In every state and relation the Lord has called us to peace; and every thing should be done to promote harmony, as far as truth and holiness will permit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - If she depart. The reference throughout the verse is to separation due to incompatibility of temper, etc.; not to legal divorce.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But and if she depart,.... This is said, not as allowing of such a departure, which only in case of fornication is lawful; but supposing it a fact, that a woman cannot be prevailed upon to stay with her husband, but actually forsakes him upon some difference arising between them,

let her remain unmarried: she ought not to marry another man; her departure does not make the marriage void; nor is it to be made void by any difference between them, either on religious or civil accounts, only in case of adultery; and therefore, if upon such separation she marries, she is guilty of adultery:

or be reconciled to her husband; which is rather to be chosen, than to remain separate, though unmarried; if she has given the offence, and is the cause of the separation, she ought to acknowledge it, and ask forgiveness of her husband, and return to him and live in peace with him; and if the fault is on his side, she ought to make use of all proper methods to convince him of it, bring him into good temper, forgive any injury done her, and live peaceably and comfortably together:

and let not the husband put away his wife; as the Jews were wont to do, upon every trifling occasion; See Gill on Matthew 5:31, Matthew 5:32

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. But and if she depart—or "be separated." If the sin of separation has been committed, that of a new marriage is not to be added (Mt 5:32).

be reconciled—by appeasing her husband's displeasure, and recovering his good will.

let not … husband put away … wife—In Mt 5:32 the only exception allowed is, "saving for the cause of fornication."

1 Corinthians 7:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Teachings on Marriage
10But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband 11(but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife. 12But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:32
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Mark 10:12
And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."

Luke 16:18
"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:10
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.

1 Corinthians 7:12
To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.
Treasury of Scripture

But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

or.

Judges 19:2,3 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from …

Jeremiah 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become …

and let.

Deuteronomy 22:19 And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give …

Isaiah 50:1 Thus said the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom …

Mark 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a …

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