Teaching on Marriage
1 Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good R241 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 F66 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 Stop R242 depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come F67 together again so that Satan R243 will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But this I say by way of concession, not R244 of command. 7 Yet F68 I wish that all men were even R245 as I myself am. However, each R246 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 good R247 for them if they remain even R248 as I. 9 But if they do not have self-control, let R249 them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 But to the married I give instructions, not R250 I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave F69 her husband 11 (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce F70 his wife.
12 But to the rest I R251 say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce F71 her. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send F72 her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her F73 believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. R252 15 Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us F74 to R253 F75 peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save R254 your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
17 Only, as R255 the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so R256 I direct in all R257 the churches. 18 Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He R258 is not to be circumcised. 19 Circumcision R259 is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the R260 keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Each R261 man must remain in that condition F76 in which he was called.
21 Were you called while a slave? Do F77 not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do F78 that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the R262 Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's R263 slave. 23 You R264 were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, each R265 one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.
25 Now concerning virgins I have no R266 command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by R267 F79 the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. 26 I think then that this is good in view of the present F80 distress, R268 that it R269 is good for a man to F81 remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble F82 in this life, and I am trying to spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the R270 time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; 30 and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 31 and those who use the world, as though they did not make R271 full use of it; for the R272 form of this world is passing away.
32 But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried R273 is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; 33 but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to F83 promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.
36 But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin; let her F84 marry. 37 But he who stands firm in his heart, being F85 under no constraint, but has authority over F86 his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well. 38 So then both he who gives his own virgin daughter in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better.
39 A R274 wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is F87 dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in R275 the Lord. 40 But in R276 my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
F66: Lit render
F67: Lit be
F68: One early ms reads For
F69: Lit depart from
F70: Or leave his wife
F71: Or leave her
F72: Or leave her husband
F73: Lit the brother
F74: One early ms reads you
F75: Lit in
F76: Lit calling
F77: Lit Let it not be a care to you
F78: Lit use
F79: Lit has had mercy shown on him by the Lord to be trustworthy
F80: Or impending
F81: Lit so to be
F82: Lit tribulation in the flesh
F83: Lit for what is seemly
F84: Lit them
F85: Lit having no necessity
F86: Lit pertaining to
F87: Lit falls asleep
R241: 1 Corinthians 7:8,26
R242: Exodus 19:15; 1 Samuel 21:5
R243: Matthew 4:10
R244: 2 Corinthians 8:8
R245: 1 Corinthians 7:8; 9:5
R246: Matthew 19:11f; Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4,11
R247: 1 Corinthians 7:1,26
R248: 1 Corinthians 7:7; 9:5
R249: 1 Timothy 5:14
R250: Malachi 2:16; Matthew 5:32; 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:6
R251: 1 Corinthians 7:6; 2 Corinthians 11:17
R252: Ezra 9:2; Malachi 2:15
R253: Romans 14:19
R254: Romans 11:14; 1 Peter 3:1
R255: Romans 12:3
R256: 1 Corinthians 4:17
R257: 1 Corinthians 11:16; 14:33; 2 Corinthians 8:18; 11:28; Galatians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:4
R258: Acts 15:1ff
R259: Romans 2:27,29; Galatians 3:28; 5:6; 6:15; Colossians 3:11
R260: Romans 2:25
R261: 1 Corinthians 7:24
R262: John 8:32,36; Philemon 1:1:16
R263: Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 2:16
R264: 1 Corinthians 6:20
R265: 1 Corinthians 7:20
R266: 1 Corinthians 7:6
R267: 2 Corinthians 4:1; 1 Timothy 1:13,16
R268: Luke 21:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:2
R269: 1 Corinthians 7:1,8
R270: Romans 13:11f; 1 Corinthians 7:31
R271: 1 Corinthians 9:18
R272: 1 Corinthians 7:29; 1 John 2:17
R273: 1 Timothy 5:5
R274: Romans 7:2
R275: 2 Corinthians 6:14
R276: 1 Corinthians 7:6,25