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1 Corinthians 7 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote. It is well for a man not to touch a woman. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman 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 to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 For the wife does not rule over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does not rule 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 Do not refuse one another except perhaps by agreement for a season, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, lest Satan tempt you through 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 by way of concession, not of command. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own special gift from God, one of one kind and one of 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 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do. 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 exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To the married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate 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 (but if she does, let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband) --and that 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 To the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents 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 woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should 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 For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they 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 the unbelieving partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For God has called us 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 Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband, how do you 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 Only, let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him. This is my rule 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 Was any one at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was any one at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 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 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Every one should remain in the state in which he was called. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Were you a slave when called? Never mind. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself 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 he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a 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 were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 So, brethren, in whatever state each was called, there let him remain with God. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. 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 that in view of the present distress it is well for a person 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 be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would 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 I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live 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 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 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 deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the form of this world 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 anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how 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 the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to 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 say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to 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 If any one thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry--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 whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, 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 marries his betrothed does well; and he who refrains from 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 wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only 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 judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I 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.