1 Corinthians 7:1-24

Principles for Marriage

1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: 1"It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman."
2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
3 2The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
5 3Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, 4so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 Now as a concession, 5not a command, I say this.a
7 6I wish that all were 7as I myself am. But 8each has his own gift from God, 9one of one kind and one of another.
8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that 10it is good for them to remain single 11as I am.
9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, 12they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To the married 13I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): 14the wife should not separate from her husband
11 (but if she does, 15she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and 16the husband should not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.
13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. 17Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called youb18to peace.
16 For how do you know, wife, 19whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Live as You Are Called

17 Only let each person lead the life 20that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. 21This is my rule in 22all the churches.
18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? 23Let him not seek circumcision.
19 24For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but 25keeping the commandments of God.
20 26Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.
21 Were you a slavec when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)
22 For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is 27a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is 28a slave of Christ.
23 29You were bought with a price; 30do not become slaves of men.
24 So, brothers,d31in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
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