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The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians

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1Corinthians 7



1Now concerning [the things] of which you* wrote to me: [it is] good for a man not to be touching a woman [sexually]. 2But because of such sexual sins, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband be rendering the affection being owed to the wife, and likewise also the wife to the husband. 4The wife does not have control [or, authority] over her own body, but the husband; and, likewise also the husband does not have control over his own body, but the wife. 5Stop depriving one another, except by mutual consent for a time, so that you* shall be devoting yourselves to [or, having free time for] fasting and prayer; and again to the same be coming together, lest Satan be tempting you* because of your* lack of self-control. 6But this I say as a concession, not as a command. 7For I desire all people to be even as myself. But each has his own gracious gift from God, one indeed in this manner, but another in that.

8Now I say to the unmarried [persons] and to the widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I [am]. 9But if they are not exercising self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to continue being inflamed [with lust].

10Now to the ones having married I am giving strict orders [or, am instructing] (not I, but the Lord) [i.e., Jesus commented on this subject during His earthly ministry]: do not let a wife separate from a husband. 11But even if she is separated, let her be remaining unmarried or let her be reconciled to the husband. And stop letting a husband divorce a wife. [see Matt 19:3-9]

12But to the rest I speak (not the Lord) [i.e., Jesus did not comment on this subject during His earthly ministry]: if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is willing to be living with him, stop letting him divorce her. 13And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he is willing to be living with her, stop letting her divorce him. 14For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified [or, set apart to God] by the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified by the husband; for otherwise indeed your* children are unclean [or, defiled], but now they are holy [or, set apart to God]. 15But if the unbelieving [spouse] separates himself, let him be separating himself; the brother or the sister has not been bound in such [cases], but God has called us in peace. 16For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save the husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save the wife?

17If not [fig., Otherwise], as God distributed to each, as the Lord has called each, in this manner let him be walking about [fig., conducting himself]; and in this manner I instruct in all the assemblies. 18Was anyone called having been circumcised? Stop letting him become uncircumcised. Was anyone called in uncircumcision? Stop letting him be circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but [what matters is] keeping [the] commandments of God. 20Each [person] in the calling in which he was called, in this let him remain.

21Were you called [as] a slave? Stop letting it be a concern to you, but if also you are able to become free, rather make use of [it]. 22For the [person] in the Lord having been called [as] a slave is [the] Lord’s freedman. Likewise also the free person having been called is a slave of Christ. 23You* were bought [or, redeemed] with a price; stop becoming slaves of people. 24Each [person] in [the circumstance] in which he was called, brothers [and sisters], in this [circumstance] let him remain with God.

25Now concerning the virgins, I do not have a commandment of [or, from] [the] Lord [i.e., Jesus did not comment on this subject during His earthly ministry], but I give an opinion as one having been shown mercy from [the] Lord to be faithful [or, trustworthy]. 26So I consider this to be good because of the present distress, that [it is] good for a man to be in this manner: 27Have you been bound to a wife? Stop seeking to be loosed [or, divorced]. Have you been loosed [or, divorced] from a wife? Stop seeking a wife. 28But even if you do marry, you did not sin; and if the virgin marries, she did not sin. But such will have tribulation in the flesh, and I [am trying to] spare you*.

29But this I say, brothers [and sisters], the time has been shortened; from now on, it is that even the ones having wives should be as not having, 30and the ones weeping as not weeping, and the ones rejoicing as not rejoicing, and the ones buying as not possessing, 31and the ones making use of this world as not making full use of [it], for the form of this world is passing away.

32But I want you* to be free from anxiety; the unmarried [man] is anxious for [or, concerned about] the [things] of the Lord, how he will please the Lord. 33But the married [man] is anxious for [or, concerned about] the [things] of the world, how he will please the wife. 34And the wife and the virgin have been distinguished [or, have different interests]: the unmarried [woman] is anxious for [or, concerned about] the [things] of the Lord, so that she should be holy both in body and in spirit; but the married [woman] is anxious for [or, concerned about] the [things] of the world, how she will please the husband. 35Now this I say for your* own profit [or, benefit], not so that I should cast a noose [fig., a restriction] on you*, but for the proper behavior and devotion to the Lord, without distraction.

36Now if anyone thinks [he is] acting shamefully [or, behaving improperly] towards his virgin, if she is past marriageable age [or, if his passions are strong], and it is obligated to happen, what he desires let him do; he does not sin. Let them marry. 37But [he] who has stood steadfast [fig., is convinced] in his heart, not having necessity, and has authority [or, control] over his own desire, and this he has determined in his heart, to be keeping his own virgin, he does well. 38Accordingly, also the one giving in marriage [or, getting married] does well, but the one not giving in marriage [or, not getting married] does better.

39A wife has been bound by [the] law as long as her husband lives, but if also the husband sleeps [fig., dies], she is free to be married to whomever she desires, only in [the] Lord [fig., but only if he is a Christian]. 40But she is happier if she remains in this manner, according to my opinion. And I think I also to be having [the] Spirit of God.

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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