1 Corinthians 7:9
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New International Version
But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

New Living Translation
But if they can't control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It's better to marry than to burn with lust.

English Standard Version
But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

Berean Study Bible
But if they cannot control themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

Berean Literal Bible
But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

New American Standard Bible
But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

King James Bible
But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.

International Standard Version
However, if they cannot control themselves, they should get married, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

NET Bible
But if they do not have self-control, let them get married. For it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if they do not endure, let them marry. It is beneficial for them to take a wife rather than to burn with lust.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, if you cannot control your desires, you should get married. It is better for you to marry than to burn [with sexual desire].

New American Standard 1977
But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if they do not have the gift of continence, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn.

King James 2000 Bible
But if they cannot have self-control, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

American King James Version
But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

American Standard Version
But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if they do not contain themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to be burnt.

Darby Bible Translation
But if they have not control over themselves, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.

English Revised Version
But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Weymouth New Testament
If, however, they cannot maintain self-control, by all means let them marry; for marriage is better than the fever of passion.

World English Bible
But if they don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn.

Young's Literal Translation
and if they have not continence -- let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Principles of Marriage
8Now to the unmarried and widows I say this: It is good for them to remain unmarried, as I am. 9But if they cannot control themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 10To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.…
Cross References
Acts 19:36
Since these things are undeniable, you ought to be calm and not do anything rash.

1 Thessalonians 4:4
each of you must know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

1 Timothy 5:14
So I advise the younger widows to marry, have children, and manage their households, so they will not give the adversary an occasion for slander.
Treasury of Scripture

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

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1 Corinthians 7:2,28,36,39 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, …

1 Timothy 5:11,14 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton …

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