1 Corinthians 7 WEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now concerning the things about which you wrote to me. It is good 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 sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman 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 Let the husband render to his wife the affection owed her, and likewise also the wife to 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. Likewise also the husband doesn't have authority over his own 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 Don't deprive one another, unless it is by consent for a season, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and may be together again, that Satan doesn't 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 But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 Yet I wish that all men were like me. However each man has his own gift from God, one of this kind, and another of that kind. 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 widows, it is good for them if they remain 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 don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn. 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 command -- not I, but the Lord -- that the wife not 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 departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband not leave 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 -- not the Lord -- say, if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is content to live with him, let him not leave 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 The woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he is content to live with her, let her not leave 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 unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, 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 Yet if the unbeliever departs, let there be separation. The brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us 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 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, 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, as the Lord has distributed to each man, as God has called each, so let him walk. So I command in all the assemblies. 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 anyone called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Has any been called in uncircumcision? Let him not 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, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Let each man stay in that calling in which he was called. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Were you called being a bondservant? Don't let that bother you, but if you get an opportunity to become free, use 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 called in the Lord being a bondservant is the Lord's free man. Likewise he who was called being free is Christ's bondservant. 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. Don't become bondservants of men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brothers, let each man, in whatever condition he was called, stay in that condition with God. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who has obtained mercy from the Lord to be 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 it is good therefore, because of the distress that is on us, that it is good for a man to be 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? Don't seek to be freed. Are you free from a wife? Don't seek a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But if you marry, you have not sinned. If a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have oppression in the flesh, and I want to spare 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, brothers: the time is short, that from now on, both those who have wives may 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 and those who weep, as though they didn't weep; and those who rejoice, as though they didn't rejoice; and those who buy, as though they didn't 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 fullest. For the mode of this world passes 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 But I desire to have you to be free from cares. He who is unmarried is concerned for the things of the Lord, how he may 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 he who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may 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 also a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world -- how she may 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 This I say for your own profit; not that I may throw a snare on you, but for that which is appropriate, and that you may attend 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 But if any man thinks that he is behaving inappropriately toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of her age, and if need so requires, let him do what he desires. He doesn't sin. Let them 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 he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own heart, to keep his own virgin, 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 then both he who gives his own virgin in marriage does well, and he who doesn't 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 wife is bound by law for so long time as her husband lives; but if the husband is dead, she is free to be married to whoever she desires, 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 she is happier if she stays as she is, in my judgment, and I think that I also 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.