I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs1--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.2 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 undivided3 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.4 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,5 but he who does not marry her does even better.a39
A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives.6 But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.740
In my judgment,8 she is happier if she stays as she is--and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.