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1 Corinthians 7:3-13 (Holman Christian Standard)

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3 A husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband. 4 A wife does not have authority over her own body, but her husband does. Equally, a husband does not have authority over his own body, but his wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another-except when you agree, for a time, to devote yourselves toa prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all people were just like me. But each has his own gift from God, one this and another that.

A Word to the Unmarried

8 I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am. 9 But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.

Advice to Married People

10 I command the married-not I, but the Lord-a wife is not to leaveb her husband. 11 But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband-and a husband is not to leave his wife. 12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is willing to live with him, he must not leave her. 13 Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he is willing to live with her, she must not leave her husband.
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