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Chapter 7

1st Cor.7:1 Now concerning the things which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

1st Cor.7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid sexual immorality, let every man have his own wife, and let each one have her own husband.

1st Cor.7:3 Let the husband render to the wife the debt of affection: and likewise, also the wife to the husband.

1st Cor.7:4 The wife does not have a right over her own body, but the husband: and likewise, also the husband does not have the right over his own body, but the wife.

1st Cor.7:5 Do not deprive one another, unless it be out of agreement for a season that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer. Then come together again, so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

1st Cor.7:6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

1st Cor.7:7 For I would that all men were just like me. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

1st Cor.7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they stay just as I.

1st Cor.7:9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

1st Cor.7:10 To the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, let not the wife depart from her husband:

1st Cor.7:11 but and if she departs, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband divorce his wife.

1st Cor.7:12 But to the rest I speak, not the Lord: if any brother has a wife that does not believe, and she is pleased to live with him, let him not leave her

1st Cor.7:13 and the woman which has a husband that does not believe, and if he is pleased to live with her, let her not leave him.

1st Cor.7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: otherwise, your children are unclean; but now they are sanctified.

1st Cor.7:15 But if the unbelieving departs, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God has called us to peace.

1st Cor.7:16 For what know you, oh wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how know you, O man, whether you will save your wife?

1st Cor.7:17 But asGod has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called everyone, so let him walk. So, I ordain in all Assemblies.

1st Cor.7:18 Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised.

1st Cor.7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping the precepts of God.

1st Cor.7:20 Let every man stay in the same calling in which he was called.

1st Cor.7:21 Are you called being a slave? Care not for it: but if you may be made free, use it rather.

1st Cor.7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a slave, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise, also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s slave.

1st Cor.7:23 You are bought with a price; do not be the slaves of men.

1st Cor.7:24 Brethren, let every man, in which he is called, in this remain with God.

1st Cor.7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that has obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

1st Cor.7:26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

1st Cor.7:27 Are you bound to a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Are you free from a wife? Seek not a wife.

1st Cor.7:28 But and if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless, such will have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.

1st Cor.7:29 But this I say, brothers, the time is short: it remains, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

1st Cor.7:30 they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;

1st Cor.7:31 and they that use this world, as not misusing it: for the outward form of this world order is passing away.

1st Cor.7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

1st Cor.7:33 but he that is married cares for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

1st Cor.7:34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married cares for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

1st Cor.7:35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare on you, but for that which is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

1st Cor.7:36 But if any man think that he behaves himself improperly toward his virgin, if she passes the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sins not: let them marry.

1st Cor.7:37 Nevertheless he that stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well.

1st Cor.7:38 So then he that gives her in marriage does well; but he that gives her not in marriage does better.

1st Cor.7:39 The wife is bound by the Law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to who she wants; only in the Lord.

1st Cor.7:40 But she is happier if she remains single, according to my view: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.