1 Corinthians 7
7 1Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man
not to touch a woman.
2But, because of fornications, let each man have
his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
3Let the husband
render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband: and likewise
also the husband hath not power over his own body, but the wife.
ye not one the other, except it be by consent for a season, that ye may give
yourselves unto prayer, and may be together again, that Satan tempt you not
because of your incontinency.
6But this I say by way of concession, not
7Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit
each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after
8But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if
they abide even as I.
9But if they have not continency, let them marry:
for it is better to marry than to burn.
10But unto the married I give
charge, yea not I, but the Lord, That the wife depart not from her
11(but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be
reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.
12But to the rest say I, not the Lord: If any brother hath an unbelieving
wife, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her.
the woman that hath an unbelieving husband, and he is content to dwell with
her, let her not leave her husband.
14For the unbelieving husband is
sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the
brother: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
the unbelieving departeth, let him depart: the brother or the sister is not
under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us in peace.
16For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or
how knowest thou, O husband, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
the Lord hath distributed to each man, as God hath called each, so let him
walk. And so ordain I in all the churches.
18Was any man called being
circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Hath any been 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 man abide in that calling wherein he was called.
thou called being a bondservant? Care not for it: nay, even if thou canst
become free, use it rather.
22For he that was called in the Lord
being a bondservant, is the Lord's freedman: likewise he that was called
being free, is Christ's bondservant.
23Ye were bought with a price;
become not bondservants of men.
24Brethren, let each man, wherein he was
called, therein abide with God.
25Now concerning virgins I have no
commandment of the Lord: but I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained
mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy.
26I think therefore that this is
good by reason of the distress that is upon us, namely, that it is
good for a man to be as he is.
27Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to
be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.
thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned.
Yet such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I would spare you.
29But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that henceforth both
those that have wives may 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;
those that use the world, as not using it to the full: for the fashion of
this world passeth away.
32But I would have you to be free from cares. He
that is unmarried is careful for the things of the Lord, how he may please
33but he that is married is careful for the things of the
world, how he may please his wife,
34and is divided. So also the
woman that is unmarried and the virgin is careful for the things of the Lord,
that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married is
careful for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35And this I say for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon
you, but for that which is seemly, and that ye may attend upon the Lord
36But if any man thinketh that he behaveth himself
unseemly toward his virgin daughter, if she be past the flower of her
age, and if need so requireth, let him do what he will; he sinneth not; let
37But he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no
necessity, but hath power as touching in his own heart, to keep his own
virgin daughter, shall do well.
38So then both he that giveth his
own virgin daughter in marriage doeth well; and he that giveth her
not in marriage shall do better.
39A wife is bound for so long time as
her husband liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is free to be married to
whom she will; only in the Lord.
40But she is happier if she abide as she
is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.