But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.116
How do you know, wife, whether you will save2 your husband?3 Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him.4 This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.518
Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised.619
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing.7 Keeping God's commands is what counts.
Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.821
Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman;9 similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave.1023
You were bought at a price;11 do not become slaves of men.
Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.1225
Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord,13 but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy14 is trustworthy.
Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.1527
Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.1628
But if you do marry, you have not sinned;17 and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short.18 From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none;
those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;
those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.1932
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs20--how he can please the Lord.
But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.21 But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world--how she can please her husband.
I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided22 devotion to the Lord.
If anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if she is getting along in years and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning.23 They should get married.
But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin--this man also does the right thing.
So then, he who marries the virgin does right,24 but he who does not marry her does even better.a39
A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives.25 But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.26