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1 Corinthians 7 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now to deal with the questions you wrote about: "Is it good for a man to keep away from women?" 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 Well, because of the danger of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife and each woman 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 The husband should give his wife what she is entitled to in the marriage relationship, and the wife should do the same for her husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 The wife is not in charge of her own body, but her husband is; likewise, the husband is not in charge of his own body, but his wife is. 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 Do not deprive each other, except for a limited time, by mutual agreement, and then only so as to have extra time for prayer; but afterwards, come together again. Otherwise, because of your lack of self-control, you may succumb to the Adversary's temptation. 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 I am giving you this as a suggestion, not as a command. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 Actually, I wish everyone were like me; but each has his own gift from God, one this, another 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 Now to the single people and the widows I say that it is fine if they remain unmarried like me; 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 can't exercise self-control, they should get married; because it is better to get married than to keep burning with sexual desire. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To those who are married I have a command, and it is not from me but from the Lord: a woman is not to separate herself 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 if she does separate herself, she is to remain single or be reconciled with her husband. Also, a husband is not to leave 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 To the rest I say - I, not the Lord: if any brother has a wife who is not a believer, and she is satisfied to go on living with him, he should 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 Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband who is satisfied to go on living with her, she is not to leave him. 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 has been set aside for God by the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been set aside for God by the brother - otherwise your children would be "unclean," but as it is, they are set aside for God. 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 But if the unbelieving spouse separates himself, let him be separated. In circumstances like these, the brother or sister is not enslaved - God has called you to a life of 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 do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your 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 let each person live the life the Lord has assigned him and live it in the condition he was in when God called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the congregations. 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 someone already circumcised when he was called? Then he should not try to remove the marks of his circumcision. Was someone uncircumcised when he was called? He shouldn't undergo b'rit-milah. 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 Being circumcised means nothing, and being uncircumcised means nothing; what does mean something is keeping God's commandments. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Each person should remain in the condition he was in when he was called. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Well, don't let it bother you; although if you can gain your freedom, take advantage of the opportunity. 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 a person who was a slave when he was called is the Lord's freedman; likewise, someone who was a free man when he was called is a slave of the Messiah. 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 You were bought at a price, so do not become slaves of other human beings. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brothers, let each one remain with God in the condition in which he was called. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now the question about the unmarried: I do not have a command from the Lord, but I offer an opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is worthy to be trusted. 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 suppose that in a time of stress like the present it is good for a person to stay as he is. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 That means that if a man has a wife, he should not seek to be free of her; and if he is unmarried, he should not look for a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But if you marry you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin. It is just that those who get married will have the normal problems of married life, and I would rather 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 What I am saying, brothers, is that there is not much time left: from now on a man with a wife should live as if he 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 who are sad should live as if they weren't, those who are happy as if they weren't, 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 who deal in worldly affairs as if not engrossed in them - because the present scheme of things in this world won't last much longer. 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 What I want is for you to be free of concern. An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord's affairs, 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 with how to please the Lord; but the married man concerns himself with the world's affairs, with how to please his wife; 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 and he finds himself split. Likewise the woman who is no longer married or the girl who has never been married concerns herself with the Lord's affairs, with how to be holy both physically and spiritually; but the married woman concerns herself with the world's affairs, with how to 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 I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to put restrictions on you - I am simply concerned that you live in a proper manner and serve the Lord with undivided devotion. 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 Now if a man thinks he is behaving dishonorably by treating his fiancée this way, and if there is strong sexual desire, so that marriage is what ought to happen; then let him do what he wants - he is not sinning: let them get married. 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 if a man has firmly made up his mind, being under no compulsion but having complete control over his will, if he has decided within himself to keep his fiancée a virgin, he will be doing 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 the man who marries his fiancée will do well, and the man who doesn't marry will 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 to her husband as long as he lives, but if the husband dies she is free to marry anyone she wishes, provided he is a believer 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 However, in my opinion, she will be happier if she remains unmarried, and in saying this I think I have God's Spirit. 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is--and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.