1 Corinthians 7

CHAPTER 7

Concerning Marriage

But concerning what you wrote to me; It is good for a man [2a woman 1to not touch]. But because of the harlotries, [2each man 4his own 5wife 1let 3have], and [2each woman 4her own 5husband 1let 3have]! [5to the 6wife 2the 3husband 7the 9owed 8good-will 1Let 4render], and in like manner also the wife to the husband! The wife [3her own 4body 1does not 2exercise authority over], but the husband. And in like manner also the husband [3his own 4body 1does not 2exercise authority over], but the wife. Do not deprive one another, except for harmony's sake for a time, that you should relax in the fasting and prayer! and again at the same time you should come together, that [2should not 3test 4you 1Satan] because of your intemperance. But this I say according to allowance, not according to command. For I want all men to be as even myself; but each [2his own 3favor 1has] from God; one so, and another so. But I say to the unmarried and to the widows; [2good 3for them 1it is] if they remain as even I. But if they do not control themselves, let them marry! [3better 1For 2it is] to marry than to be set on fire. 10 And to the ones being married I exhort, not I, but the Lord, that a wife [3from 4a husband 1not 2separate]. 11 But if even she should separate, let her remain unmarried, or [2to the 3husband 1be reconciled]! and a man's wife is not to be let go. 12 And to the rest I say, not the Lord; if any brother [3wife 1has 2an unbelieving], and she assents to live with him, he is not to leave her! 13 And a woman who has [2husband 1an unbelieving], and he assents to live with her, she is not to leave him! 14 [5is sanctified 1For 4husband 2the 3unbelieving] by the wife; and [4is sanctified 3wife 1the 2unbelieving] by the husband; since then your children are unclean, but now it is holy. 15 But if the unbeliever separates, let him be separated! [3is not 4enslaved 1the 2brother], or the sister in such cases. But in peace [2has called 3us 1God]. 16 For what do you know, O wife, if [2the 3husband 1you shall deliver]? Or what do you know, O husband, if [2the 3wife 1you shall deliver]?

Abiding in the Call

17 Except to each as God portioned, each as [3called 1the 2Lord] so walk! And so in [2the 3assemblies 1all] I set an order. 18 [3while being circumcised 1Who 2is called], let him not become uncircumcised! [3in 4uncircumcision 1Who 2is called], let him not be circumcised! 19  Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is. 20 Each in the calling in which he was called -- in this let him abide! 21 A slave being called -- let it not be a care; but if even you are able [2free 1to be] rather -- use it! 22 For the [3in 4the Lord 2being called 1slave 7freedman 6the Lord's 5is]. In like manner also the free one being called, [3slave 1is 2Christ's]. 23 With value you were bought; do not become slaves of men! 24 Each in which he was called, brethren, in this abide with God!

Concerning the Unmarried

25 And concerning the virgins, [3a command 4of the Lord 1I do not 2have], but an opinion I give as one being shown mercy by the Lord to be trustworthy. 26 I think then this [2is good 1existing] because of the present necessity, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Have you been tied to a wife, do not seek a loosening! Have you been untied from a wife, do not seek a wife! 28 But if also you should marry, you sinned not; and if [3should have married 1the 2virgin] she did not sin; but affliction in the flesh [2shall have 1such]. But I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the [2time 4wrapping up 1remaining 3is], that also the ones having wives, [2as 3not 4having 1should be]. 30 And the ones weeping, as not weeping; and the ones rejoicing, as not rejoicing; and the ones buying, as not holding possessions. 31 And the ones dealing in this world, as not abusing it. [5passes by 1For 2the 3condition 4of this world]. 32 But I want you to be free from care. The unmarried is anxious for the things of the Lord, how he is pleasing to the Lord; 33 but the one married is anxious for the things of the world, how he pleases the wife. 34 [6are assigned a part 7even 1The 2wife 3and 4the 5virgin]. The unmarried is anxious for the things of the Lord, that she might be holy, both in body and in spirit; but she having married is anxious for the things of the world, how she shall please the husband. 35 But this for your own advantage I speak, not that [2a noose 1I should put] around you, but [2to 3the 4decent 5and 6well-occupied thing 7with the 8Lord 1be undisturbed]. 36 But if anyone [2to be disgraced 3over 4his virgin 1thinks], if she should be advanced in years, and so it ought to be what he wants to do, he does not sin; let them marry! 37 But the one who stands settled in the heart, not having necessity, [3authority 1but 2has] concerning his own will, and this he has judged in his heart, to give heed to his own virgin, well he does. 38 So that also the one giving in marriage, [2well 1does]; and the one not giving in marriage, [2better 1does]. 39 A wife is tied by law for as long a time [2lives 1as her husband]; but if [2should sleep 1her husband], she is free to whom she wants to marry, only in the Lord. 40 But more blessed is she if so she should remain, according to my opinion; but I think I also [2spirit 3of God 1have].
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