1 Corinthians 7 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, as to the things in your letter to me: It is good for a man to have nothing to do with a woman. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But because of the desires of the flesh, let every man have his wife, and every woman her husband. 2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
3 Let the husband give to the wife what is right; and let the wife do the same to the husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 The wife has not power over her body, but the husband; and in the same way the husband has not power over his body, but the wife. 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 keep back from one another what is right, but only for a short time, and by agreement, so that you may give yourselves to prayer, and come together again; so that Satan may not get the better of you through your loss 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 as my opinion, and not as an order of the Lord. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 It is my desire that all men might be even as I am. But every man has the power of his special way of life given him by God, one in this way and one 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 the widows, It is good for them to be even 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 have not self-control let them get married; for married life is better than the burning of desire. 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 orders, though not I but the Lord, that the wife may not go away 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 (Or if she goes away from him, let her keep unmarried, or be united to her husband again); and that the husband may not go away from 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, and not the Lord; If a brother has a wife who is not a Christian, and it is her desire to go on living with him, let him not go away from 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 woman has a husband who is not a Christian, and it is his desire to go on living with her, let her not go away from 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 husband who has not faith is made holy through his Christian wife, and the wife who is not a Christian is made holy through the brother: if not, your children would be unholy, but now are they 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 one who is not a Christian has a desire to go away, let it be so: the brother or the sister in such a position is not forced to do one thing or the other: but it is God's pleasure that we may be at peace with one another. 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 may you be certain, O wife, that you will not be the cause of salvation to your husband? or you, O husband, that you may not do the same for 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 given to a man, and as is the purpose of God for him, so let him go on living. And these are my orders for 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 any man who is a Christian has had circumcision, let him keep so; and if any man who is a Christian has not had circumcision, let him make no change. 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 its opposite is nothing, but only doing the orders of God is of value. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Let every man keep the position in which he has been placed by God. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 If you were a servant when you became a Christian, let it not be a grief to you; but if you have a chance to become free, 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 he who was a servant when he became a Christian is the Lord's free man; and he who was free when he became a Christian is the Lord's servant. 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 It is the Lord who has made payment for you: be not servants of men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 My brothers, let every man keep in that condition which is the purpose of God for him. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now about virgins I have no orders from the Lord: but I give my opinion as one to whom the Lord has given mercy to be true to him. 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 In my opinion then, because of the present trouble, it is good for a man to keep as he is. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 If you are married to a wife, make no attempt to get free from her: if you are free from a wife, do not take a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 If you get married it is not a sin; and if an unmarried woman gets married it is not a sin. But those who do so will have trouble in the flesh. But I will not be hard on 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, my brothers, the time is short; and from now it will be wise for those who have wives to be as if they had them not; 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 for those who are in sorrow, to give no signs of it; and for those who are glad, to give no signs of joy; and for those who are getting property, to be as if they had 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 And for those who make use of the world, not to be using it fully; for this world's way of life will quickly come to an end. 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 it is my desire for you to be free from cares. The unmarried man gives his mind to the things of the Lord, how he may give pleasure to 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 married man gives his attention to the things of this world, how he may give pleasure to his wife. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 And the wife is not the same as the virgin. The virgin gives her mind to the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in body and in spirit: but the married woman takes thought for the things of the world, how she may give pleasure to 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 say this for your profit; not to make things hard for you, but because of what is right, and so that you may be able to give all your attention to the things of 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, in any man's opinion, he is not doing what is right for his virgin, if she is past her best years, and there is need for it, let him do what seems right to him; it is no sin; let them be married. 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 the man who is strong in mind and purpose, who is not forced but has control over his desires, does well if he comes to the decision to keep her a virgin. 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, he who gets married to his virgin does well, and he who keeps her unmarried does better. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.
39 It is right for a wife to be with her husband as long as he is living; but when her husband is dead, she is free to be married to another; but only to 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 it will be better for her to keep as she is, in my opinion: and it seems to me 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.