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1 Corinthians 7 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I now deal with the subjects mentioned in your letter. It is well for a man to abstain altogether from marriage. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But because there is so much fornication every man should have a wife of his own, and every woman should have a husband. 2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
3 Let a man pay his wife her due, and let a woman also pay her husband his. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 A married woman is not mistress of her own person: her husband has certain rights. In the same way a married man is not master of his own person: his wife has certain rights. 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 one another, unless perhaps it is just for a time and by mutual consent, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer and may then associate again; lest the Adversary begin to tempt you because of your deficiency in 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 Thus much in the way of concession, not of command. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 Yet I would that everybody lived as I do; but each of us has his own special gift from God--one in one direction and one in another. 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 tell the unmarried, and women who are widows, that it is well for them to 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 If, however, they cannot maintain self-control, by all means let them marry; for marriage is better than the fever of 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 those already married my instructions are--yet not mine, but the Lord's--that a wife is not to 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 or if she has already left him, let her either remain as she is or be reconciled to him; and that a husband is not to send away 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 it is I who speak--not the Lord. If a brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away. 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--if he consents to live with her, let her not separate from 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, in such cases, the unbelieving husband has become--and is--holy through union with a Christian woman, and the unbelieving wife is holy through union with a Christian brother. Otherwise your children would be unholy, but in reality they have a place among God's people. 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 If, however, the unbeliever is determined to leave, let him or her do so. Under such circumstances the Christian man or woman is no slave; God has called us to live lives 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 what assurance have you, O woman, as to whether you will save your husband? Or what assurance have you, O man, as to 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, whatever be the condition in life which the Lord has assigned to each individual--and whatever the condition in which he was living when God called him--in that let him continue. 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 This is what I command in all the Churches. Was any one already circumcised when called? Let him not have recourse to the surgeons. Was any one uncircumcised when called? Let him remain uncircumcised. 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: obedience to God's commandments is everything. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Whatever be the condition in life in which a man was, when he was called, in that let him continue. 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? Let not that weigh on your mind. And yet if you can get 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 Christian, if he was a slave when called, is the Lord's freed man, and in the same way a free man, if called, becomes the 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 have all been redeemed at infinite cost: do not become slaves to men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Where each one stood when he was called, there, brethren, let him still stand--close to God. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Concerning unmarried women I have no command to give you from the Lord; but I offer you my opinion, which is that of a man who, through the Lord's mercy, is deserving of your confidence. 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, taking into consideration the distress which is now upon us, it is well 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 get free. Are you free from the marriage bond? Do not seek for a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 Yet if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a maiden marries, she has not sinned. Such people, however, will have outward trouble. But I am for sparing 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 Yet of this I warn you, brethren: the time has been shortened--so that henceforth 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 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, 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 not using it to the full. For the world as it now exists 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 And I would have you free from worldly anxiety. An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord's business--how he shall 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 the business of the world--how he shall please his wife. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 There is a difference too between a married and an unmarried woman. She who is unmarried concerns herself with the Lord's business--that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but the married woman concerns herself with the business of the world--how she shall 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 Thus much I say in your own interest; not to lay a trap for you, but to help towards what is becoming, and enable you to wait on 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 If, however, a father thinks he is acting unbecomingly towards his still unmarried daughter if she be past the bloom of her youth, and so the matter is urgent, let him do what she desires; he commits no sin; she and her suitor should be allowed to 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 if a father stands firm in his resolve, being free from all external constraint and having a legal right to act as he pleases, and in his own mind has come to the decision to keep his daughter unmarried, 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 that he who gives his daughter in marriage does well, and yet 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 woman is bound to her husband during the whole period that he lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to marry whom she will, provided that 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 But in my judgement, her state is a more enviable one if she remains as she is; and I also think that 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.