1 Corinthians 7 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I will discuss the things you wrote me about. It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But because sexual sin is a danger, each man should have his own wife, and each 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 The husband should give his wife all that he owes her as his wife. And the wife should give her husband all that she owes him as 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 full rights over her own body; her husband shares them. And the husband does not have full rights over his own body; his wife shares them. 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 refuse to give your bodies to each other, unless you both agree to stay away from sexual relations for a time so you can give your time to prayer. Then come together again so Satan cannot tempt you because of a 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 say this to give you permission to stay away from sexual relations for a time. It is not a command to do so. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 I wish that everyone were like me, but each person has his own gift from God. One has one gift, another has another 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 for those who are not married and for the widows I say this: It is good for them to stay unmarried 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. 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 Now I give this command for the married people. (The command is not from me; it is from the Lord.) A 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 not marry again, or she should make up with her husband. Also 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 For all the others I say this (I am saying this, not the Lord): If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer, and she is happy 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 a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer, and he is happy to live 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 The husband who is not a believer is made holy through his believ- ing wife. And the wife who is not a believer is made holy through her believing husband. If this were not true, your children would not be clean, but now your children 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 those who are not believers decide to leave, let them leave. When this happens, the Christian man or woman is free. But God called us 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 Wife, you don't know; maybe you will save your husband. And husband, you don't know; maybe 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 in any case each one of you should continue to live the way God has given you to live -- the way you were when God called you. This is a rule I make 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 man was already circumcised when he was called, he should not undo his circumcision. If a man was without circumcision when he was called, he should 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 It is not important if a man is circumcised or not. The important thing is obeying God's commands. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Each one of you should stay the way you were when God called you. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 If you were a slave when God called you, do not let that bother you. But if you can be free, then make good use of your freedom. 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 Those who were slaves when the Lord called them are free persons who belong to the Lord. In the same way, those who were free when they were called are now Christ's slaves. 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 all were bought at a great price, so do not become slaves of people. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brothers and sisters, each of you should stay as you were when you were called, and stay there with God. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now I write about people who are not married. I have no command from the Lord about this; I give my opinion. But I can be trusted, because the Lord has shown me mercy. 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 The present time is a time of trouble, so I think it is good for you to stay the way you are. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 If you have a wife, do not try to become free from her. If you are not married, do not try to find a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But if you decide to marry, you have not sinned. And if a girl who has never married decides to marry, she has not sinned. But those who marry will have trouble in this life, and I want you to be free from trouble. 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 Brothers and sisters, this is what I mean: We do not have much time left. So starting now, those who have wives should live as if they had no 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 Those who are crying should live as if they were not crying. Those who are happy should live as if they were not happy. Those who buy things should live as if they own nothing. 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 use the things of the world should live as if they were not using them, because this world in its present form will soon be gone. 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 want you to be free from worry. A man who is not married is busy with the Lord's work, 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 man who is married is busy with things of the world, trying to please his wife. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 He must think about two things -- pleasing his wife and pleasing the Lord. A woman who is not married or a girl who has never married is busy with the Lord's work. She wants to be holy in body and spirit. But a married woman is busy with things of the world, as to how she can 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 to help you, not to limit you. But I want you to live in the right way, to give yourselves fully to the Lord without concern for other things. 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 If a man thinks he is not doing the right thing with the girl he is engaged to, if she is almost past the best age to marry and he feels he should marry her, he should do what he wants. They should get married. It is no sin. 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 is sure in his mind that there is no need for marriage, and has his own desires under control, and has decided not to marry the one to whom he is engaged, he is doing the right thing. 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 girl does right, but the man who does not 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 woman must stay with her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry any man she wants, but she must marry 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 The woman is happier if she does not marry again. This is my opinion, but I believe I also 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.