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1 Corinthians 7 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, to deal with the matters you wrote about. A man does well not to marry. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But because there is so much immorality, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should 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 A man should fulfill his duty as a husband, and a woman should fulfill her duty as a wife, and each should satisfy the other's needs. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 A wife is not the master of her own body, but her husband is; in the same way a husband is not the master 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 deny yourselves to each other, unless you first agree to do so for a while in order to spend your time in prayer; but then resume normal marital relations. In this way you will be kept from giving in to Satan's temptation because of your lack of self-control. 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 tell you this not as an order, but simply as a permission. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 Actually I would prefer that all of you were as I am; but each one has a special gift from God, one person this gift, another one that gift. 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 unmarried and to the widows I say that it would be better for you to continue to live alone as I do. 8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.
9 But if you cannot restrain your desires, go ahead and marry - it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 For married people I have a command which is not my own but the Lord's: a wife must not leave 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, she must remain single or else be reconciled to her husband; and a husband must not divorce 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 others I say (I, myself, not the Lord): if a Christian man has a wife who is an unbeliever and she agrees to go on living with him, he must not divorce 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 if a Christian woman is married to a man who is an unbeliever and he agrees to go on living with her, she must not divorce 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 is made acceptable to God by being united to his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made acceptable to God by being united to her Christian husband. If this were not so, their children would be like pagan children; but as it is, they are acceptable to 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 However, if the one who is not a believer wishes to leave the Christian partner, let it be so. In such cases the Christian partner, whether husband or wife, is free to act. God has called you to live 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 How can you be sure, Christian wife, that you will not save your husband? Or how can you be sure, Christian husband, that you will not 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 Each of you should go on living according to the Lord's gift to you, and as you were when God called you. This is the rule I teach 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 If a circumcised man has accepted God's call, he should not try to remove the marks of circumcision; if an uncircumcised man has accepted God's call, he should not get 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 For whether or not a man is circumcised means nothing; what matters is to obey God's commandments. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Each of you should remain as you were when you accepted God's call. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Were you a slave when God called you? Well, never mind; but if you have a chance to become free, use it. 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 slave who has been called by the Lord is the Lord's free person; in the same way a free person who has been called by Christ is his slave. 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 God bought you for a price; so do not become slaves of people. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 My friends, each of you should remain in fellowship with God in the same condition that you were when you were called. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now, concerning what you wrote about unmarried people: I do not have a command from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is worthy of trust. 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 Considering the present distress, I think it is better for a man 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 Do you have a wife? Then don't try to get rid of her. Are you unmarried? Then don't 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 do marry, you haven't committed a sin; and if an unmarried woman marries, she hasn't committed a sin. But I would rather spare you the everyday troubles that married people will have. 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 mean, my friends, is this: there is not much time left, and from now on married people should live as though they were not married; 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 those who weep, as though they were not sad; those who laugh, as though they were not happy; those who buy, as though they did not own what they bought; 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 those who deal in material goods, as though they were not fully occupied with them. For this world, as it is now, will not 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 I would like you to be free from worry. An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord's work, because he is trying to 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 a married man concerns himself with worldly matters, because he wants 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 so he is pulled in two directions. An unmarried woman or a virgin concerns herself with the Lord's work, because she wants to be dedicated both in body and spirit; but a married woman concerns herself with worldly matters, because she wants 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 saying this because I want to help you. I am not trying to put restrictions on you. Instead, I want you to do what is right and proper, and to give yourselves completely to the Lord's service without any reservation. 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 In the case of an engaged couple who have decided not to marry: if the man feels that he is not acting properly toward the young woman and if his passions are too strong and he feels that they ought to marry, then they should get married, as he wants to. There is no sin in this. 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, without being forced to do so, has firmly made up his mind not to marry, and if he has his will under complete control and has already decided in his own mind what to do - then he does well not to marry the young woman. 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 does well, but the one who doesn't marry does even better. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.
39 A married woman is not free as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, then she is free to be married to any man she wishes, but only if he is a Christian. 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 She will be happier, however, if she stays as she is. That is my opinion, and I think that I too 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.