1Nowconcerning the things about which you wrote, it is 1good for a man not to touch a woman.
But because of immoralities, eachman is to have his ownwife, and eachwoman is to have her ownhusband.
The husbandmustafulfill his duty to his wife, and likewisealso the wife to her husband.
The wife does not haveauthorityover her ownbody, but the husband does; and likewisealso the husband does not haveauthorityover his ownbody, but the wife does.
52Stopdeprivingoneanother, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devoteyourselves to prayer, and bcometogetheragainso that 3Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
But this I say by way of concession, 4not of command.
7cYet I wish that allmen were 5even as I myself am. However, 6eachmanhas his owngift from God, one in thismanner, and another in that.
But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is 7good for them if they remain8even as I.
But if they do not haveself-control, 9let them marry ; for it is better to marrythan to burn with passion.
But to the married I giveinstructions, 10not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not dleave her husband11
(but if she does leave, she must remainunmarried, orelse be reconciled to her husband ), and that the husband should not edivorce his wife.
But to the rest11I say, not the Lord, that ifanybrotherhas a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not fdivorce her.
And a womanwhohas an unbelievinghusband, and he consents to live with her, she must not gsend her husbandaway.
For the unbelievinghusband is sanctifiedthrough his wife, and the unbelievingwife is sanctifiedthroughhher believinghusband ; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are 12holy.
15Yetif the unbelievingoneleaves, let him leave ; the brotheror the sister is not underbondage in such cases, but God has calledius j13to peace.
For how do you know, O wife, whether you will 14save your husband ? Orhow do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife ?
17Only , 15as the Lord has assigned to eachone, as God has calledeach, in thismanner let him walk. And 16so I direct in 17all the churches.
Was anymancalled when he was already circumcised ? He is not to becomeuncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision ? 18He is not to be circumcised.
1919Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is 20the keeping of the commandments of God.
2021Eachman must remain in that kcondition in which he was called.
Were you called while a slave ? lDo not worry about it; but if you are ablealso to becomefree, rathermdo that.
For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is 22the Lord'sfreedman ; likewise he who was called while free, is 23Christ'sslave.
2324You were bought with a price ; do not becomeslaves of men.
24Brethren, 25eachone is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.
25Nowconcerningvirgins I have26nocommand of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who n27by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.
I thinkthen that this is good in view of the opresent28distress, that 29it is good for a manpto remain as he is.
Are you bound to a wife ? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife ? Do not seek a wife.
But if you marry, you have not sinned ; and if a virginmarries, she has not sinned. Yetsuch will haveqtrouble in thislife, and I am trying to spare you.
But this I say, brethren, 30the time has beenshortened, so that from now on those who havewives should be as though they hadnone ;
and those who weep, as though they did not weep ; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice ; and those who buy, as though they did not possess ;
and those who use the world, as though they did not 31makefulluse of it; for 32the form of thisworld is passingaway.
But I want you to be free from concern. One who is 33unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord ;
but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
and his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holyboth in body and spirit ; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35This I say for your ownbenefit ; not to put a restraint upon you, but rto promotewhat is appropriate and to secure undistracteddevotion to the Lord.
But ifanymanthinks that he is actingunbecominglytoward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him dowhat he wishes, he does not sin ; let sher marry.
But he whostandsfirm in his heart, tbeingundernoconstraint, but hasauthorityuover his ownwill, and has decidedthis in his ownheart, to keep his ownvirgin daughter, he will dowell.
38Sothenboth he who gives his ownvirgin daughter in marriagedoeswell, and he who does not give her in marriage will dobetter.
3934A wife is bound as long as her husbandlives ; but if her husbandvis dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only35in the Lord.
But 36in my opinion she is happierif she remains as she is; and I think that I alsohave the Spirit of God.