1Nowconcerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a mannot to touch a woman.2Nevertheless , to avoid fornication,let every manhave his ownwife,andlet every womanhave her ownhusband.3Let the husbandrender unto the wifeduebenevolence:andlikewisealso the wife unto the husband.4
The wifehathnotpower of her ownbody,but the husband:andlikewisealso the husbandhathnotpower of his ownbody,but the wife.5
Defraud yenot one the other,exceptitbewithconsentfor a time,that ye may give yourselves to fastingandprayer;andcometogetheragain,thatSatantemptyounotforyourincontinency.6But I speakthisbypermission, and notofcommandment.7For I would that allmenwereevenas I myself.But every manhath his propergiftofGod,oneafter this manner,andanother after that.8
I saytherefore to the unmarriedandwidows, It isgood for themif they abideevenasI.9Butiftheycannotcontain , let them marry : for it isbetter to marrythan to burn .
10And unto the married I command , yet notI,but the Lord,Letnot the wifedepartfrom her husband:11Butandif she depart , let her remainunmarried,or be reconciled to her husband:andletnot the husband put away his wife.12But to the restspeakI,not the Lord: If anybrotherhath a wife that believeth not,andshe be pleased to dwellwithhim, let himnotputheraway .
13And the womanwhichhath an husband that believeth not,and if he be pleased to dwellwithher, let hernotleavehim.14For the unbelievinghusband is sanctifiedby the wife,and the unbelievingwife is sanctifiedby the husband:elsewereyourchildrenunclean;butnow are theyholy.15Butif the unbelievingdepart , let him depart . A brotheror a sisterisnot under bondageinsuch cases: butGod hath calledustopeace.a16Forwhat knowest thou , O wife,whether thou shalt save thy husband?orhowb knowest thou , O man,whether thou shalt save thy wife?17ButasGod hath distributed to every man,as the Lord hath called every one,so let him walk . Andso ordain Iinallchurches.18Is any mancalled being circumcised ? let himnot become uncircumcised . Isanycalledinuncircumcision? let himnot be circumcised .
19Circumcisionisnothing,anduncircumcisionisnothing,but the keeping of the commandments of God.20Let every manabidein the samecallingwhereinhe was called .
Art thou called being a servant?carenot for it : butif thou mayest be madefree,use it rather.22For he that is calledin the Lord, being a servant,is the Lord'sfreeman:clikewisealso he that is called , being free,isChrist'sservant.23
Ye are bought with a price;benotye the servants of men.24Brethren,let every man,whereinhe is called , thereinabidewithGod.25Nowconcerningvirgins I havenocommandment of the Lord:yet I give my judgment,as one that hath obtained mercyof the Lord to befaithful.26
I supposetherefore that thisisgoodfor the presentdistress,d I say, that it is good for a manso to be .
Art thou bound unto a wife?seeknot to be loosed . Art thou loosedfrom a wife?seeknot a wife.28Butandif thou marry , thou hastnotsinned ; andif a virginmarry , she hathnotsinned . Neverthelesssuch shall havetrouble in the flesh:butIspareyou.29Butthis I say , brethren, the time is short : it remaineth , thatboth they that havewivesbe as though they hadnone;30And they that weep , as though they weptnot;and they that rejoice , as though they rejoicednot;and they that buy , as though they possessednot;31And they that usethisworld,asnotabusing it: for the fashion of thisworld passeth away .
32But I would haveyou without carefulness. He that is unmarriedcareth for the things that belong to the Lord,how he may please the Lord:33But he that is marriedcareth for the things that are of the world,how he may please his wife.34
There is difference also between a wifeand a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord,that she may beholyboth in bodyand in spirit:but she that is marriedcareth for the things of the world,how she may please her husband.35Andthis I speakforyourownprofit ; notthat I may cast a snare upon you,but for that which is comely,and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.36But if any manthink that he behaveth himself uncomelytowardhisvirgin,if she pass the flower of her age , andneedsorequire , let him dowhat he will , he sinnethnot: let them marry .
37Neverthelesshe that standethstedfastin his heart,havingnonecessity,buthathpowerover his ownwill,andhathsodecreedinhisheart that he will keephisvirgin,doethwell.38Sothen he that giveth her in marriagedoethwell;but he that giveth hernot in marriagedoethbetter.39
The wife is bound by the lawaslongasherhusbandliveth ; butifherhusband be dead , she is at liberty to be married to whom she will ; onlyin the Lord.40But she ishappierifshesoabide , aftermyjudgment:and I thinkalso that I have the Spirit of God.