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1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own body, but the wife. 4 The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be by consent for a season, that ye may give yourselves unto prayer, and may be together again, that Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency. 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that. 7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.
9 But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 But unto the married I give charge, [yea] not I, but the Lord, That the wife depart not from her husband 10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.
11 (but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12 But to the rest say I, not the Lord: If any brother hath an unbelieving wife, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her. 12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.
13 And the woman that hath an unbelieving husband, and he is content to dwell with her, let her not leave her husband. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the brother: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 Yet if the unbelieving departeth, let him depart: the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such [cases]: but God hath called us in peace. 15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.
16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O husband, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
17 Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each man, as God hath called each, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all the churches. 17 Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.
18 Was any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Hath any been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Let each man abide in that calling wherein he was called. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Wast thou called being a bondservant? Care not for it: nay, even if thou canst become free, use [it] rather. 21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
22 For he that was called in the Lord being a bondservant, is the Lord's freedman: likewise he that was called being free, is Christ's bondservant. 22 For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave.
23 Ye were bought with a price; become not bondservants of men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, let each man, wherein he was called, therein abide with God. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy. 25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
26 I think therefore that this is good by reason of the distress that is upon us, [namely,] that it is good for a man to be as he is. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But shouldest thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Yet such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I would spare you. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that henceforth both those that have wives may be as though they had none; 29 What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none;
30 and those that weep, as though they wept not; and those that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and those that buy, as though they possessed not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;
31 and those that use the world, as not using it to the full: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32 But I would have you to be free from cares. He that is unmarried is careful for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs--how he can please the Lord.
33 but he that is married is careful for the things of the world, how he may please his wife, 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 and is divided. [So] also the woman that is unmarried and the virgin is careful for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married is careful for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world--how she can please her husband.
35 And this I say for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is seemly, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
36 But if any man thinketh that he behaveth himself unseemly toward his virgin [daughter], if she be past the flower of her age, and if need so requireth, let him do what he will; he sinneth not; let them marry. 36 If anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if she is getting along in years and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married.
37 But he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power as touching in his own heart, to keep his own virgin [daughter], shall do well. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin--this man also does the right thing.
38 So then both he that giveth his own virgin [daughter] in marriage doeth well; and he that giveth her not in marriage shall do better. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.
39 A wife is bound for so long time as her husband liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.
40 But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God. 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is--and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.