1 Corinthians 7:1-9

Teaching on Marriage

1 Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is 1good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
3 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
5 2Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so * that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together * * again so * that 3Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 But this I say by way of concession, 4not of command.
7 Yet I wish that all men were 5even as I myself am. However, 6each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another * in that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is 7good for them if they remain 8even as I.
9 But if they do not have self-control, 9let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
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