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1 Corinthians 7 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, concerning the things that you wrote about: It's good for men not to get married. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But in order to avoid sexual sins, 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 Husbands and wives should satisfy each other's [sexual] needs. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 A wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but his 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 withhold yourselves from each other unless you agree to do so for a set time to devote yourselves to prayer. Then you should get back together so that Satan doesn't use your lack of self-control to tempt you. 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 What I have just said is not meant as a command but as a suggestion. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 I would like everyone to be like me. However, each person has a special gift from God, and these gifts vary from person to person. 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 say to those who are not married, especially to widows: It is good for you 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 However, if you cannot control your desires, you should get married. It is better for you 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 I pass this command along (not really I, but the Lord): 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 If she does, she should stay single or make up with her husband. Likewise, a 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 I (not the Lord) say to the rest of you: If any Christian man is married to a woman who is an unbeliever, and she is willing to live with him, he should 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 If any Christian woman is married to a man who is an unbeliever, and he is willing to live with her, she should not divorce 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 Actually, the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and an unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise, their children would be unacceptable [to God], but now they are acceptable to him. 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 unbelieving partners leave, let them go. Under these circumstances a Christian man or Christian woman is not bound [by a marriage vow]. God has called you 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 How do you as a wife know whether you will save your husband? How do you as a husband know 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 Everyone should live the life that the Lord gave him when God called him. This is the guideline I use in every church. 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 Any man who was already circumcised when he was called to be a Christian shouldn't undo his circumcision. Any man who was uncircumcised when he was called to be a Christian shouldn't get 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 the lack of it is nothing. But keeping what God commands is everything. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 All people should stay as they were when they were called. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? That shouldn't bother you. However, if you have a chance to become free, take 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 If the Lord called you when you were a slave, you are the Lord's free person. In the same way, if you were free when you were called, you are 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 for a price. Don't become anyone's slaves. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brothers and sisters, you should remain in whatever circumstances you were in when God called you. God is with you in those circumstances. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Concerning virgins: Even though I don't have any command from the Lord, I'll give you my opinion. I'm a person to whom the Lord has shown mercy, so I can be trusted. 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 Because of the present crisis I believe it is good for people to remain as they are. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 Do you have a wife? Don't seek a divorce. Are you divorced from your wife? Don't look for another one. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But if you do get married, you have not sinned. If a virgin gets married, she has not sinned. However, these people will have trouble, and I would like to spare them from 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 mean, brothers and sisters: The time has been shortened. While it lasts, those who are married should live as though they were 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 Those who have eyes filled with tears should live as though they have no sorrow. Those who are happy should live as though there was nothing to be happy about. Those who buy something should live as though they didn't own it. 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 in this world should do so but not depend on them. It is clear that 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 So I don't want you to have any concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, [that is,] about 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 the married man is concerned about earthly things, [that is,] about 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. An unmarried woman or a virgin is concerned about the Lord's things so that she may be holy in body and in spirit. But the married woman is concerned about earthly things, [that is,] about 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 benefit, not to restrict you. I'm showing you how to live a noble life of devotion to the Lord without being distracted by 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 No father would want to do the wrong thing when his virgin daughter is old enough to get married. If she wants to get married, he isn't sinning by letting her 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 However, a father may have come to a decision about his daughter. If his decision is to keep her [at home] because she doesn't want to get married, that's fine. 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 it's fine for a father to give his daughter in marriage, but the father who doesn't give his daughter in marriage does even better. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.
39 A married woman must remain with her husband as long as he lives. If her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but only if the man 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 However, she will be more blessed if she stays as she is. That is my opinion, and I think that I, too, 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.