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1 Corinthians 7

NLT 1 Now regarding the questions you asked in your letter. Yes, it is good to abstain from sexual relations. NIV 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” NLT 2 But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband. NIV 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. NLT 3 The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. NIV 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. NLT 4 The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife. NIV 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. NLT 5 Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control. NIV 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. NLT 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. NIV 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. NLT 7 But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another. NIV 7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. NLT 8 So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am. NIV 8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. NLT 9 But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust. NIV 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. NLT 10 But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. NIV 10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 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. NIV 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. NLT 12 Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a fellow believer has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. NIV 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. NLT 13 And if a believing woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. NIV 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. NLT 14 For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. NIV 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. NLT 15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the believing husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.) NIV 15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. NLT 16 Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you? NIV 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? NLT 17 Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches. NIV 17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. NLT 18 For instance, a man who was circumcised before he became a believer should not try to reverse it. And the man who was uncircumcised when he became a believer should not be circumcised now. NIV 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. NLT 19 For it makes no difference whether or not a man has been circumcised. The important thing is to keep God’s commandments. NIV 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. NLT 20 Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you. NIV 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. NLT 21 Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. NIV 21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. NLT 22 And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. NIV 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. NLT 23 God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. NIV 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. NLT 24 Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you. NIV 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. NLT 25 Now regarding your question about the young women who are not yet married. I do not have a command from the Lord for them. But the Lord in his mercy has given me wisdom that can be trusted, and I will share it with you. NIV 25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. NLT 26 Because of the present crisis, I think it is best to remain as you are. NIV 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. NLT 27 If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married. NIV 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. NLT 28 But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems. NIV 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. NLT 29 But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage. NIV 29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; NLT 30 Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. NIV 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; NLT 31 Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away. NIV 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. NLT 32 I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. NIV 32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. NLT 33 But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. NIV 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— NLT 34 His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. NIV 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. NLT 35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. NIV 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord. NLT 36 But if a man thinks that he’s treating his fiancée improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin. NIV 36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. NLT 37 But if he has decided firmly not to marry and there is no urgency and he can control his passion, he does well not to marry. NIV 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. NLT 38 So the person who marries his fiancée does well, and the person who doesn’t marry does even better. NIV 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better. NLT 39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but only if he loves the Lord. NIV 39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. NLT 40 But in my opinion it would be better for her to stay single, and I think I am giving you counsel from God’s Spirit when I say this. NIV 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.