You were bought at a price;1 do not become slaves of men.
Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.225
Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord,3 but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy4 is trustworthy.
Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.527
Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.628
But if you do marry, you have not sinned;7 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.8 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.932
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs10--how he can please the Lord.
But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--