Let a man pay his wife her due, and let a woman also pay her husband his.
A married woman is not mistress of her own person: her husband has certain rights. In the same way a married man is not master of his own person: his wife has certain rights.
Do not refuse one another, unless perhaps it is just for a time and by mutual consent, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer and may then associate again; lest the Adversary begin to tempt you because of your deficiency in self-control.
Thus much in the way of concession, not of command.
Yet I would that everybody lived as I do; but each of us has his own special gift from God--one in one direction and one in another.
But I tell the unmarried, and women who are widows, that it is well for them to remain as I am.
If, however, they cannot maintain self-control, by all means let them marry; for marriage is better than the fever of passion.
But to those already married my instructions are--yet not mine, but the Lord's--that a wife is not to leave her husband;
or if she has already left him, let her either remain as she is or be reconciled to him; and that a husband is not to send away his wife.
To the rest it is I who speak--not the Lord. If a brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away.
And a woman who has an unbelieving husband--if he consents to live with her, let her not separate from him.