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1 Corinthians 7:25-40 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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25 Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made 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 suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress--that it is good for a man 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 loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28 But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would 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 this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should 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 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not 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 this world as not misusing 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 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares 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 cares 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 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 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve 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 he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not 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 Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does 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 he who gives her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does 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 as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty 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 she is happier if she remains as she is, according to my judgment--and I think I also 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.