1 Corinthians 7:11

11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

1 Corinthians 7:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
ESV
11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.
NLT
11 But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.
MSG
11 If a wife should leave her husband, she must either remain single or else come back and make things right with him. And a husband has no right to get rid of his wife.
CSB
11 But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband-and a husband is not to leave his wife.

1 Corinthians 7:11 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 7:11

But and if she depart
This is said, not as allowing of such a departure, which only in case of fornication is lawful; but supposing it a fact, that a woman cannot be prevailed upon to stay with her husband, but actually forsakes him upon some difference arising between them,

let her remain unmarried:
she ought not to marry another man; her departure does not make the marriage void; nor is it to be made void by any difference between them, either on religious or civil accounts, only in case of adultery; and therefore, if upon such separation she marries, she is guilty of adultery:

or be reconciled to her husband;
which is rather to be chosen, than to remain separate, though unmarried; if she has given the offence, and is the cause of the separation, she ought to acknowledge it, and ask forgiveness of her husband, and return to him and live in peace with him; and if the fault is on his side, she ought to make use of all proper methods to convince him of it, bring him into good temper, forgive any injury done her, and live peaceably and comfortably together:

and let not the husband put away his wife;
as the Jews were wont to do, upon every trifling occasion; (See Gill on Matthew 5:31) (See Gill on Matthew 5:32)

1 Corinthians 7:11 In-Context

9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
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, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
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 woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 39; Romans 7:2,3