To the unmarried and the widows I say that 1it is good for them to remain single 2as I am.
But if they cannot exercise self-control, 3they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
To the married 4I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): 5the wife should not separate from her husband
(but if she does, 6she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and 7the husband should not divorce his wife.
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.
If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. 8Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you9to peace.
For how do you know, wife, 10whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Only let each person lead the life 11that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. 12This is my rule in 13all the churches.
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? 14Let him not seek circumcision.
15For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but 16keeping the commandments of God.
17Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.
Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)
For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is 18a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is 19a slave of Christ.
20You were bought with a price; 21do not become slaves of men.
So, brothers,22in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.