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1 Corinthians 7:8-24 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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8 Now I say to those who aren't married and to widows -- it's better to stay unmarried, just 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 can't control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It's better to marry than to burn with lust. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 Now, for those who are married I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must 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 does leave him, let her remain single or else go back to him. And the husband must 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 Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is an unbeliever and she is willing to continue living with him, he must 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 And if a Christian woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave 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 Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not have a godly influence, but now they are set apart for 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 husband or wife who isn't a Christian insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is not required to stay with them, for God wants his children 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 You wives must remember that your husbands might be converted because of you. And you husbands must remember that your wives might be converted because of you. 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 You must accept whatever situation the Lord has put you in, and continue on as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for 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 For instance, a man who was circumcised before he became a believer should not try to reverse it. And the man who was uncircumcised when he became a believer should not be circumcised now. 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 it makes no difference whether or not a man has been circumcised. The important thing is to keep God's commandments. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.
20 You should continue on as you were when God called you. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Are you a slave? Don't let that worry you -- but if you get a chance to be 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 And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, the Lord has now set you free from the awful power of sin. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now 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 God purchased you at a high price. Don't be enslaved by the world. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 So, dear brothers and sisters, whatever situation you were in when you became a believer, stay there in your new relationship with God. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.