Now to the unmarrieda and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.19
But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry,2 for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.311
But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband.4 And a husband must not divorce his wife.
To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord):5 If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.
And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.
For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.615
But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.716
How do you know, wife, whether you will save8 your husband?9 Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Nevertheless, each of you should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to you, just as God has called you.10 This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.1118
Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised.1219
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing.13 Keeping God's commands is what counts.
Each of you should remain in the situation you were in when God called you.1421
Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
For those who were slaves when called to faith in the Lord are the Lord's freed people;15 similarly, those who were free when called are Christ's slaves.1623
You were bought at a price;17 do not become slaves of human beings.
Brothers and sisters, all of you, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation in which God called you.18