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1 Corinthians 7 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

Wycliffe (WYC) New International Version (NIV)
1 But of those things that ye have written to me, it is good to a man to touch not a woman [it is good to a man for to not touch a woman]. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2 But for fornication each man have his own wife, and 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 The husband yield debt to the wife, and also the wife to the husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 The woman hath not power of her body, but the husband; [also forsooth] and the husband hath not power of his body, but the woman [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 ye defraud each to other [Do not defraud together], but peradventure of consent for a time, that ye give attention to prayer; and again turn again to the same thing, lest Satan tempt you for your uncontinence. 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 I say this thing as giving leave, not by commandment. [+Forsooth I say this thing by indulgence, not after commandment.] 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7 For I will, that all men be as myself. But each man hath his proper gift of God; one thus, and another thus. 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 them, that be not wedded, and to widows [and widows], it is good to them, if they dwell so as I. 8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.
9 And if they contain not themselves, be they wedded; for it is better to be wedded, than to be burnt. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 But to them that be joined in matrimony, I command, not I, but the Lord, that the wife depart not from the husband; 10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.
11 and that if she departeth, that she dwell unwedded, or be reconciled to her husband; and the husband forsake not the 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 others I say, not the Lord. If any brother hath an unfaithful wife, and she consenteth to dwell with him, leave he her not [If any brother have an unfaithful, or heathen, wife, and she consent for to dwell with him, leave he, or forsake, her not]. 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 any woman hath an unfaithful husband [And if the woman hath an husband unfaithful], and this consenteth to dwell with her, leave she not the 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 unfaithful husband is hallowed by the faithful woman, and the unfaithful woman is hallowed by the faithful husband. Else your children were unclean, but now they be 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 That if the unfaithful departeth, depart he. For why the brother or sister is not subject to servage in such; for God hath 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 And whereof knowest thou, woman, if thou shalt make the man safe; or whereof knowest thou, man, if thou shalt make the woman safe? 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 But as the Lord hath parted to each, and as God hath called each man, so go he, as I teach in all churches. [+No but as the Lord hath parted to each, as God hath called each man, so go he, and as I teach in all 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 A man circumcised is called, bring he not to prepuce. A man is called in prepuce, be he not 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 nought, and prepuce is nought, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 Each man in what calling he is called, in that dwell he. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Thou servant art called, be it no charge to thee [Thou a servant art called, be it not charge to thee]; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 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 He that is a servant, and is called in the Lord, is a free man of the Lord. Also [and] he that is a free man, and is called, is the servant 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 With price ye be bought; do not ye be made servants of men. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Therefore each man in what thing he is called a brother, dwell he in this with God. [Each man therefore in what calling he is called, in that dwell he with God.] 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25 But of virgins I have no commandment of God; but I give counsel, as he that hath gotten mercy of the Lord, that I be true. 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 Therefore I guess, that this thing is good for the present need; for it is good to a man to be so [for it is good for a man to be so]. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27 Thou art bound to a wife, do not thou seek unbinding; thou art unbound from a wife, do not thou seek a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But if thou hast taken a wife, thou hast not sinned; and if a maiden is wedded, she sinned not; nevertheless such shall have tribulation of flesh. But I 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 Therefore, brethren [And so, brethren], I say this thing, The time is short. Another is this, that they that have wives, 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 they that weep, as they wept not; and they that joy, as they joyed not; and they that buy, as they had not; 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 they that use this world, as they that use [it] not. For why the figure of this world passeth. [+and they that use this world, as not using. Forsooth the figure, or fairness, or prosperity, of this world passeth.] 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 will, that ye be without busyness [Forsooth I will you to be without busyness], for he that is without wife, is busy what things be of the Lord, how he shall please God. 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 that is with a wife, is busy what things be of the world, how he shall please the wife [how he shall please his wife], and he is parted. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34 And a woman unwedded and [a] maiden thinketh what things be of the Lord, that she be holy in body and spirit. But she that is wedded, thinketh what things be of the world, how she shall please the husband [how she shall 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 And I say these things to your profit, not that I cast to you a snare, but to that that is seemly, and that giveth easiness, without hindering to make prayers to the Lord. [Soothly I say these things to your profit, not that I cast to you a snare, but to that that is honest, and that giveth facility, or easiness, without letting to beseech 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 And if any man guesseth himself to be seen foul on his virgin, that she is full waxen [that she is well old], and so it behooveth to be done, do she that that she will [+do she what she will/do her keeper what she will/do she that he will]; she sinneth not, if she be wedded [+s/he sinneth not, if s/he be wedded]. 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 For he that ordained stably in his heart [For why he that ordained stably, or steadfast, in his heart], not having need, but having power of his will, and hath deemed in his heart this thing, to keep his virgin [for to keep his virginity], doeth 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 Therefore he that joineth his virgin in matrimony, doeth well; and he that joineth not, doeth better. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.
39 The woman is bound to the law, as long time as her husband liveth; and if her husband is dead, she is delivered from the law of the husband [she is delivered from the law], be she wedded to whom she will, 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 shall be more blessed, if she dwelleth thus [if she shall thus dwell], after my counsel; and I ween, 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.