Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: 1"It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman."
But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
2The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
3Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, 4so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
Now as a concession, 5not a command, I say this.
6I wish that all were 7as I myself am. But 8each has his own gift from God, 9one of one kind and one of another.
To the unmarried and the widows I say that 10it is good for them to remain single 11as I am.