Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord, yet I give my judgment as one who hath obtained mercy from the Lord to be faithful.
I suppose therefore that in this present distress, I say, it is good for a man so to be.
Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.
But if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless, such shall have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.
But this I say, brethren: the time is short. It remaineth that those who have wives should be as though they had none;
and those who weep, as though they wept not; and those who rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and those who buy, as though they possessed not;
and those who use this world, as not abusing it. For the fashion of this world passeth away.
But I would have you be without cares. He that is unmarried careth for the things which belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
but he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit; but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
And this I speak for your own profit, not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and so that ye mayattend upon the Lord without distraction.
But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age and need so require, let him do what he will--he sinneth not: let them marry.
Nevertheless, he that standeth steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well, but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth. But if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will, but only in the Lord.
But she is happier if she so remain, in my judgment; and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.