1 Corinthians 7
The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)

1Now concerning the things of which ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence, and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4The wife does not have authority of her own body, but the husband; and likewise also the husband does not have authority of his own body, but the wife. 5Do not defraud one another, except it be with mutual consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer and come together again, that Satan not tempt you for your incontinency. 6But I speak this by permission, and not by commandment. 7For I would that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one after this manner and another after that.

8I say, therefore, to the unmarried men and widowers, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9But if they do not have the gift of continence, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn.

10And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife separate from her husband; 11and if she separates, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, and let not the husband put away his wife.

12But to the rest I speak, not the Lord: If any brother has a wife that does not believe, and she consents to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13And the woman who has a husband that does not believe and if he consents to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15But if the unbelieving spouse separates, let them separate. The brother or the sister is not under slavery in such cases, but God has called us to peace. 16For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or what knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

17But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let them walk. And so I ordain in all the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}. 18Is anyone called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is anyone called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20Let each abide in the same calling in which he was called.

21Art thou called being a slave? care not for it; but if thou may be made free, use it rather. 22For he that is called in the Lord, being a slave, is the Lord’s freeman; likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s slave. 23Ye are bought with a price; do not make yourselves the slaves of men. 24Each one, brothers, in that state in which he was called, let him abide with God.

25Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord, yet I give my advice, as one that has obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26I hold, therefore, this to be good because of the present distress, that it is good for a man to be thus: 27Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife. 28But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have affliction in the flesh, but I forbear you. 29But this I say, brothers, the time is short; for the rest, let those that have wives be as though they had none; 30and those that weep, as though they wept not; and those that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and those that buy, as though they possessed not; 31and those that use this world, as not using it as their own, for the fashion of this world passes away.

32But I would have you without worry. He that is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord; 33but he that is married cares for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit; but she that is married cares for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35And this I speak for your own profit, not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is honourable and that ye may attend upon the Lord without impediment.

36But if anyone thinks it uncomely regarding his daughter, if she passes the bloom of life, and need so requires, let him do what he will, he does not sin: let them marry. 37Nevertheless, he that stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has liberty regarding his own, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his daughter, does well. 38So then he that gives her in marriage does well, but he that does not give her in marriage does better.

39The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is free and may be married to whom she will, if it is in the Lord. 40But she shall be more blessed if she so abides, after my counsel, and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

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