25Nowconcerningvirgins I have1nocommand of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who a2by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.
I thinkthen that this is good in view of the bpresent3distress, that 4it is good for a mancto remain as he is.
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virginmarries, she has not sinned. Yetsuch will havedtrouble in thislife, and I am trying to spare you.
But this I say, brethren, 5the time has beenshortened, so that from now on those who havewives should be as though they hadnone;
and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess;
and those who use the world, as though they did not 6makefulluse of it; for 7the form of thisworld is passingaway.
But I want you to be free from concern. One who is 8unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
and his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holyboth in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35This I say for your ownbenefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but eto promotewhat is appropriate and to secure undistracteddevotion to the Lord.
But ifanymanthinks that he is actingunbecominglytoward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him dowhat he wishes, he does not sin; let fher marry.
But he whostandsfirm in his heart, gbeingundernoconstraint, but hasauthorityhover his ownwill, and has decidedthis in his ownheart, to keep his ownvirgin daughter, he will dowell.
38Sothenboth he who gives his ownvirgin daughter in marriagedoeswell, and he who does not give her in marriage will dobetter.
399A wife is bound as long as her husbandlives; but if her husbandiis dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only10in the Lord.
But 11in my opinion she is happierif she remains as she is; and I think that I alsohave the Spirit of God.