1 Corinthians 7:3
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.

New Living Translation
The husband should fulfill his wife's sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband's needs.

English Standard Version
The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.

New American Standard Bible
The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband.

King James Bible
Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A husband should fulfill his marital responsibility to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband.

International Standard Version
A husband should fulfill his obligation to his wife, and a wife should do the same for her husband.

NET Bible
A husband should give to his wife her sexual rights, and likewise a wife to her husband.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let a man bestow to his wife the love that is owed; in this way also, the woman to her husband.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Husbands and wives should satisfy each other's [sexual] needs.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence, and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

King James 2000 Bible
Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

American King James Version
Let the husband render to the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife to the husband.

American Standard Version
Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the husband render the debt to his wife, and the wife also in like manner to the husband.

Darby Bible Translation
Let the husband render her due to the wife, and in like manner the wife to the husband.

English Revised Version
Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the husband render to the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife to the husband.

Weymouth New Testament
Let a man pay his wife her due, and let a woman also pay her husband his.

World English Bible
Let the husband render to his wife the affection owed her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.

Young's Literal Translation
to the wife let the husband the due benevolence render, and in like manner also the wife to the husband;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:1-9 The apostle tells the Corinthians that it was good, in that juncture of time, for Christians to keep themselves single. Yet he says that marriage, and the comforts of that state, are settled by Divine wisdom. Though none may break the law of God, yet that perfect rule leaves men at liberty to serve him in the way most suited to their powers and circumstances, of which others often are very unfit judges. All must determine for themselves, seeking counsel from God how they ought to act.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Due benevolence. An euphemistic and needless modification by the copyists of the pure and simple expression of St. Paul, which, as shown by the best manuscripts, is "her due" - debitum tori. St. Paul is evidently entering on these subjects, not out of any love for them; but because all kinds of extreme views - immoral indifference and over scrupulous asceticism - had claimed dominance among the Corinthians.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence,.... The Syriac version renders it, , "due love"; and so the Arabic; and may include all the offices of love, tenderness, humanity, care, provision, and protection, which are to be performed by the husband to his wife; though it seems chiefly, if not solely, here to respect what is called, Exodus 21:10 "her marriage duty", as distinct from food and raiment to be allowed her; and what is meant by it the Jewish doctors will tell us: one says (t), it is , "the use of the marriage bed"; and, says another (u), , "it is to lie with her", according to the way of all the earth. And so the phrase here, "due benevolence", is an euphemism, and designs the act of coition; which as it is an act of love and affection, a sign of mutual benevolence, so of justice; it is a due debt from divine ordination, and the matrimonial contract. The Jewish doctors have fixed and settled various canons (w) concerning the performance, of this conjugal debt: and the apostle may not be altogether without some view to the rules and customs which obtained in his own nation.

And, likewise also the wife unto the husband; she is not to refuse the use of the bed when required, unless there is some just impediment, otherwise she comes under the name of a "rebellious wife"; concerning whom, and her punishment, the Jews (x) give the following rules:

"a woman that restrains her husband from the use of the bed, is called rebellious; and when they ask her why she rebels, if she says, because it is loathsome to me, and I cannot lie with him; then they oblige him to put her away directly, without her dowry; and she may not take any thing of her husband's, not even her shoe strings, nor her hair lace; but what her husband did not give her she may take, and go away: and if she rebels against her husband, on purpose to afflict him, and she does to him so or so, and despises him, they send to her from the sanhedrim, and say to her, know thou, that if thou continuest in thy rebellion, thou shalt not prosper? and after that they publish her in the synagogues and schools four weeks, one after another, and say, such an one has rebelled against her husband; and after the publication, they send and say to her, if thou continuest in thy rebellion, thou wilt lose thy dowry; and they appoint her twelve months, and she has no sustenance from her husband all that time; and she goes out at the end of twelve months without her dowry, and returns everything that is her husband's.''

This account, with a little variation, is also given by Maimonides (y).

(t) Mosis Kotsensis Mitzvot Tora, praecept. neg. 81. Sol. Jarchi in Exodus 21.10. (u) Maimon. Hilch. Isbot, c. 12. sect. 2. Vid. Aben Ezra in Exodus 21.10. (w) Vid. Misn. Cetubot, c. 5. sect. 6. & Mikvaot, c. 8. sect. 3.((x) Mosis Kotsensis Mitzvot Tora, pr. neg. 81. (y) Hilch. Ishot, c. 14. sect. 8, 9, 10. Vid. Misn. Cetubot, c. 5. sect. 7. & Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3, 4. The duty of cohabitation on the part of the married.

due benevolence—The oldest manuscripts read simply, "her due"; that is, the conjugal cohabitation due by the marriage contract (compare 1Co 7:4).

1 Corinthians 7:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Teachings on Marriage
2But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. 3The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.…
Cross References
Exodus 21:10
If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.

1 Corinthians 7:2
But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.

1 Corinthians 7:4
The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.
Treasury of Scripture

Let the husband render to the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife to the husband.

Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty …

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving …

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