1 Corinthians 7 NAS/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 immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to 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 duty 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 the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the 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 Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not 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 this I say by way of concession, not of command. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in 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 that it is good for them if they remain 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 do not have self-control, let them marry ; for 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 But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should 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 leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband ), and that the husband should 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 But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, 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 a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away. 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 through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband ; for 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 Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave ; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to 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, O wife, whether you will save your husband ? Or how do you know, O 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 , as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so I direct 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 when he was already circumcised ? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision ? He is not to 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 what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called. 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 worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that. 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 who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's freedman ; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's 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 You were bought with a price ; do not become slaves of men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that 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 concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is 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 then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 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 to be released. Are you released 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 a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to 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 has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should 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 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 ; 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 use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the 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 concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about 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 one who is married is concerned about 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 his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit ; but one who is married is concerned about 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 This I say for your own benefit ; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. 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 thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin ; let her 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, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, 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 both he who gives his own virgin daughter in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage 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 as long as her husband lives ; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom 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 in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; 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.