1 Corinthians 7 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now concerning [the things] about which you 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 sexual immorality, 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 The husband must fulfill his obligation to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but her husband [does]. And likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but his wife [does]. 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 defraud one another, except perhaps by agreement, for a time, in order that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and [then] you should be {together} again, lest Satan tempt you 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 But I say this as a concession, not as a command. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 I wish all people could be like myself, but each one has his own gift from God, one in this way and another in that way. 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 I say to the unmarried and to the widows: [It is] good for them if they remain as I [am]. 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 cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn [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 the married I command--not I, but the Lord--a wife must not separate 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 indeed she does separate, she must remain unmarried or 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 Now to the rest I say--not the Lord--if any brother has an unbelieving wife and she consents to live 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 any wife has an unbelieving husband and he consents to live with her, she must not divorce 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 by his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the brother, since otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are 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 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him leave. The brother or the sister is not bound in such [cases]. But God has 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 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 But to each one as the Lord has apportioned. As God has called each one, thus let him live--and thus I order 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 anyone called [after] being circumcised? He must not undo his circumcision. Was anyone called in uncircumcision? He must not become 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 Each one in the calling in which he was called--in this he should remain. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Were you called [while] a slave? Do not let it be a concern to you. But if indeed you are able to become free, rather make use of [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 the one who is called in the Lord [while] a slave is the Lord's freedperson. Likewise the one who is called [while] free is a slave of Christ. 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; do not become slaves of men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Each one in [the situation] in which he was called, brothers--in this he should remain with God. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now concerning virgins I do not have a command from the Lord, but I am giving an opinion as one shown mercy by 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 Therefore, I consider this to be good because of the impending distress, that [it is] good for a man to be thus. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek release. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek 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 have not sinned, and if the virgin marries, she has not sinned. But such people will have affliction 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 I say this, brothers: the time is shortened, that from now on even those who have wives should be as [if they] do not have [wives], 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 weep as [if they] do not weep, and those who rejoice as [if they] do not rejoice, and those who buy as [if they] do not possess, 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 make use of the world as [if they] do not make full use of [it]. For the present form of this world is passing 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 want you to be free from care. The unmarried person cares 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 the one who is married cares 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 he is divided. And the unmarried woman or the virgin cares for the things of the Lord, in order that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But the married woman cares 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 Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not that I may put a restriction on you, but to promote appropriate and devoted service to 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 anyone thinks he is behaving dishonorably concerning his virgin, if she is past her prime and it ought to be thus, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin. 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 who stands firm in his heart, not having necessity, but has authority concerning his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin, he will 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, the one who marries his own virgin does well, and the one who does not marry [her] 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 for as long a time [as] her husband lives. But if her husband {dies}, she is free to marry whomever she wishes, 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 remains thus, according to my opinion--and I think I 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.