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1 Corinthians 7:15

Is not under bondage (ou dedoulwtai). Perfect passive indicative of doulow, to enslave, has been enslaved, does not remain a slave. The believing husband or wife is not at liberty to separate, unless the disbeliever or pagan insists on it. Wilful desertion of the unbeliever sets the other free, a case not contemplated in Christ's words in Matthew 5:32 ; Matthew 19:9 . Luther argued that the Christian partner, thus released, may marry again. But that is by no means clear, unless the unbeliever marries first. But God hath called us in peace (en de eirhnh keklhken hma or uma). Perfect active indicative of kalew, permanent call in the sphere or atmosphere of peace. He does not desire enslavement in the marriage relation between the believer and the unbeliever.

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