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1 Corinthians 7 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, about what you wrote: "It's good for a man not to have sex with a woman." 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 Each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband because of sexual immorality. 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 meet his wife's sexual needs, and the wife should do the same for her husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 The wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise, the husband doesn't 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 Don't refuse to meet each other's needs unless you both agree for a short period of time to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come back together again so that Satan might 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 I'm saying this to give you permission; it's not a command. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 I wish all people were like me, but each has a particular gift from God: one has this gift, and another has that one. 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 I'm telling those who are single and widows that it's good for them to stay single like me. 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 can't control themselves, they should get married, because it's 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 I'm passing on the Lord's command to those who are married: A wife shouldn't 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 him, then she should stay single or be reconciled to her husband. And a man shouldn't 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 I'm telling everyone else (the Lord didn't say this specifically): If a believer has a wife who doesn't believe, and she agrees to live with him, then he shouldn't 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 If a woman has a husband who doesn't believe and he agrees to live with her, then she shouldn't 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 doesn't believe belongs to God because of his wife, and the wife who doesn't believe belongs to God because of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be contaminated by the world, but now they are spiritually set apart. 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 a spouse who doesn't believe chooses to leave, then let them leave. The brother or sister isn't tied down in these circumstances. God has called you 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 How do you know as a wife if you will save your husband? Or how do you know as a husband if 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 Nevertheless, each person should live the kind of life that the Lord assigned when he called each one. This is what I teach 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 someone was circumcised when called, he shouldn't try to reverse it. If someone wasn't circumcised when he was called, he shouldn't 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; not being circumcised is nothing. What matters is keeping God's commandments. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Each person should stay in the situation they were in when they were called. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 If you were a slave when you were called, don't let it bother you. But if you are actually able to be free, 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 Anyone who was a slave when they were called by the Lord has the status of being the Lord's free person. In the same way, anyone who was a free person when they were called 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 and paid for. Don't become slaves of people. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 So then, brothers and sisters, each of you should stay with God in the situation you were in when you were called. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 I don't have a command from the Lord about people who have never been married, but I'll give you my opinion as someone you can trust because of the Lord's 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 So I think this advice is good because of the present crisis: Stay as you are. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 If you are married, don't get a divorce. If you are divorced, don't try to find a spouse. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But if you do marry, you haven't sinned; and if someone who hasn't been married gets married, they haven't sinned. But married people will have a hard time, and I'm trying to spare you that. 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 This is what I'm saying, brothers and sisters: The time has drawn short. From now on, those who have wives should be like people who don't have them. 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 sad should be like people who aren't crying. Those who are happy should be like people who aren't happy. Those who buy something should be like people who don't have possessions. 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 world should be like people who aren't preoccupied with it, because this world in its present form 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 I want you to be free from concerns. A man who isn't married is concerned about the Lord's concerns—how he can 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 is concerned about the world's concerns—how he can please his wife. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 His attention is divided. A woman who isn't married or who is a virgin is concerned about the Lord's concerns so that she can be dedicated to God in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the world's concerns—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'm saying this for your own advantage. It's not to restrict you but rather to promote effective and consistent 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 If someone thinks he is acting inappropriately toward an unmarried woman whom he knows, and if he has strong feelings and it seems like the right thing to do, he should do what he wants—he's not sinning—they should get 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 if a man stands firm in his decision, and doesn't feel the pressure, but has his own will under control, he does right if he decides in his own heart not to marry the woman. 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 Therefore, the one who marries the unmarried woman does right, and the one who doesn't get married will do even 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 obligated to stay in her marriage as long as her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry whomever she wants, only it should be a believer 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 will be happier if she stays the way she is. And I think that I have God's Spirit too. 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is--and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.