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1 Corinthians 7:8-24 (New American Standard)

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8 But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is 1good for them if they remain 2even as I. 9 But if they do not have self-control, 3let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 10 But to the married I give instructions, 4not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not aleave her husband 11 (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband ), and that the husband should not bdivorce his wife. 12 But to the rest 5I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not cdivorce her. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not dsend her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through eher believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are 6holy. 15 Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called fus g7to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will 8save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? 17 Only , 9as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And 10so I direct in 11all the churches. 18 Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? 12He is not to be circumcised. 19 13Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is 14the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 15Each man must remain in that hcondition in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? iDo not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather jdo that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is 16the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is 17Christ's slave. 23 18You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, 19each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.
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