But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is 1good for them if they remain2even as I.
But if they do not haveself-control, 3let them marry ; for it is better to marrythan to burn with passion.
But to the married I giveinstructions, 4not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not aleave her husband11
(but if she does leave, she must remainunmarried, orelse be reconciled to her husband ), and that the husband should not bdivorce his wife.
But to the rest5I say, not the Lord, that ifanybrotherhas a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not cdivorce her.
And a womanwhohas an unbelievinghusband, and he consents to live with her, she must not dsend her husbandaway.
For the unbelievinghusband is sanctifiedthrough his wife, and the unbelievingwife is sanctifiedthrougheher believinghusband ; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are 6holy.
15Yetif the unbelievingoneleaves, let him leave ; the brotheror the sister is not underbondage in such cases, but God has calledfus g7to peace.
For how do you know, O wife, whether you will 8save your husband ? Orhow do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife ?
17Only , 9as the Lord has assigned to eachone, as God has calledeach, in thismanner let him walk. And 10so I direct in 11all the churches.
Was anymancalled when he was already circumcised ? He is not to becomeuncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision ? 12He is not to be circumcised.
1913Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is 14the keeping of the commandments of God.
2015Eachman must remain in that hcondition in which he was called.
Were you called while a slave ? iDo not worry about it; but if you are ablealso to becomefree, ratherjdo that.
For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is 16the Lord'sfreedman ; likewise he who was called while free, is 17Christ'sslave.
2318You were bought with a price ; do not becomeslaves of men.
24Brethren, 19eachone is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.