NASB — 1 Corinthians 7 — KJV

Teaching on Marriage

1 Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is agood 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 Ifulfill 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 aStop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and Icome together again so that bSatan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But this I say by way of concession, anot of command. 7 IYet I wish that all men were aeven as I myself am. However, beach man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.

[1] a1Co 7:8, 26
[3] ILit render
[5] ILit be aEx 19:15; 1S 21:5 bMt 4:10
[6] a2Co 8:8
[7] IOne early ms reads For a1Co 7:8; 9:5 bMt 19:11f; Ro 12:6; 1Co 12:4, 11

8 ¶ But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is agood for them if they remain beven as I. 9 But if they do not have self-control, alet them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn [with passion].

[8] a1Co 7:1, 26 b1Co 7:7; 9:5
[9] a1Ti 5:14

10 ¶ But to the married I give instructions, anot I, but the Lord, that the wife should not Ileave 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 Idivorce his wife.

[10] ILit depart from aMal 2:16; Mt 5:32; 19:3-9; Mk 10:2-12; Lk 16:18; 1Co 7:6
[11] IOr leave his wife

12 ¶ But to the rest aI 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 Idivorce her. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not Isend her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through Iher believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are aholy. 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 Ius IIato peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will asave your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

[12] IOr leave her a1Co 7:6; 2Co 11:17
[13] IOr leave her husband
[14] ILit the brother aEzr 9:2; Mal 2:15
[15] IOne early ms reads you IILit in aRo 14:19
[16] aRo 11:14; 1P 3:1

17 ¶ Only, aas the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And bso I direct in call the churches. 18 Was any man called [when he was already] circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? aHe is not to be circumcised. 19 aCircumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but [what matters is] bthe keeping of the commandments of God. 20 aEach man must remain in that Icondition in which he was called.

[17] aRo 12:3 b1Co 4:17 c1Co 11:16; 14:33; 2Co 8:18; 11:28; Ga 1:22; 1Th 2:14; 2Th 1:4
[18] aAc 15:1ff
[19] aRo 2:27, 29; Ga 3:28; 5:6; 6:15; Col 3:11 bRo 2:25
[20] ILit calling a1Co 7:24

21 ¶ Were you called while a slave? IDo not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather IIdo that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is athe Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is bChrist’s slave. 23 aYou were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, aeach one is to remain with God in that [condition] in which he was called.

[21] ILit Let it not be a care to you IILit use
[22] aJn 8:32, 36; Phm 16 bEp 6:6; Col 3:24; 1P 2:16
[23] a1Co 6:20
[24] a1Co 7:20

25 ¶ Now concerning virgins I have ano command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who Ibby the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. 26 I think then that this is good in view of the Ipresent adistress, that bit is good for a man IIto 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 Itrouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, athe 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 amake full use of it; for bthe form of this world is passing away.

[25] ILit has had mercy shown on him by the Lord to be trustworthy a1Co 7:6 b2Co 4:1; 1Ti 1:13, 16
[26] IOr impending IILit so to be aLk 21:23; 2Th 2:2 b1Co 7:1, 8
[28] ILit tribulation in the flesh
[29] aRo 13:11f; 1Co 7:31
[31] a1Co 9:18 b1Co 7:29; 1 Jn 2:17

32 ¶ But I want you to be free from concern. One who is aunmarried 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 Ito promote what is appropriate and [to secure] undistracted devotion to the Lord.

[32] a1Ti 5:5
[35] ILit for what is seemly

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 Iher marry. 37 But he who stands firm in his heart, Ibeing under no constraint, but has authority IIover 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.

[36] ILit them
[37] ILit having no necessity IILit pertaining to

39aA wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband Iis dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only bin the Lord. 40 But ain my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

[39] ILit falls asleep aRo 7:2 b2Co 6:14
[40] a1Co 7:6, 25


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1 ¶ Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman.

[1] Gn 20:6; Ru 2:9; Pv 6:29; Mt 19:10; 1Co 7:8, 26, 37.

He treateth of marriage,

2 Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

[2] Pv 5:18; 18:22; 19:14; Mal 2:14; 1Co 6:18; 7:9; Ep 5:28, 33; 1Ti 4:3.
[3] Ex 21:10; 1P 3:7.

shewing it to be a remedy against fornication:

4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 6 But I speak this by permission, [and] not of commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

[4] Ho 3:3; Mt 19:9; Mk 10:11.
[5] Ex 19:15; 1S 21:4; Jol 2:16; Zc 7:3; 12:12; Mt 19:11; 1Th 3:5.
[6] 1Co 7:12, 25; 2Co 8:8; 11:17.
[7] Mt 19:11; Ac 26:29; 1Co 7:26; 9:5, 15; 12:11.
[8] 1Co 7:26, 32, 34.
[9] 1Co 7:2, 28, 36, 39; 1Ti 5:11, 14.

and that the bond thereof ought not lightly to be dissolved.

10 And unto the married I command, [yet] not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from [her] husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to [her] husband: and let not the husband put away [his] wife. 12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such [cases]: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save [thy] husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save [thy] wife? 17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

[10] Jr 3:20; Mal 2:14; Mt 5:32; 19:6; Mk 10:11; Lk 16:18; 1Co 7:12, 15, 25, 40.
[11] Dt 22:19; Jg 19:2; Is 50:1; Jr 3:1; Mk 10:2.
[12] Ezr 10:2, 11; 1Co 7:6, 25; 2Co 11:17.
[14] Ezr 9:1, 2; Is 52:1; Mal 2:15; Ac 10:23; Ro 11:16; 1Co 6:15; 1Ti 4:5; Tit 1:15.
[15] Mt 12:50; Ro 12:18; 14:19; 1Co 14:33; 2Co 13:11; Ga 5:22; He 12:14; Jm 2:15; 3:17.
[16] Pv 11:30; Lk 15:10; 1Co 9:22; 1Ti 4:16; Jm 5:19; 1P 3:1.
[17] Mt 19:12; Ro 12:3; 1Co 4:17; 7:7, 18, 20, 24; 16:1; 2Co 11:28; 1P 4:10.

Every man must be content with his vocation.

18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21 Art thou called [being] a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use [it] rather. 22 For he that is called in the Lord, [being] a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, [being] free, is Christ's servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

[18] Ac 15:1, 5, 19, 24, 28; Ga 5:1; Col 3:11.
[19] 1S 15:22; Jr 7:22; Mt 5:19; Jn 15:14; Ro 2:25; 3:30; 1Co 8:8; Ga 5:6; 6:15; 1Jn 2:3; 3:22; 5:2; Rv 22:14.
[20] Pv 27:8; Lk 3:10; 1Co 7:17, 21; 1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:12.
[21] Lk 10:40; 12:29; 21:34; 1Co 12:13; Ga 3:28; Php 4:6, 11; Col 3:11; 1Ti 6:1; He 13:5; 1P 2:18; 5:7.
[22] Ps 116:16; Lk 1:74; Jn 8:32; Ro 1:1; 6:18; 1Co 9:19; Ga 1:10; 5:1, 13; Ep 6:5; Col 3:22; 4:12; Phm 1:16; 1P 2:16; 2P 1:1; Jde 1:1.
[23] Lv 25:42; Mt 23:8; Ac 20:28; 1Co 6:20; Ga 2:4; Tit 2:14; 1P 1:18; 3:18; Rv 5:9.
[24] Gn 5:22; 17:1; 1S 14:45; 1Co 7:17, 20; 10:31; Col 3:23.

Virginity wherefore to be embraced.

25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, [I say], that [it is] good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And 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; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please [his] wife. 34 There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please [her] husband.

[25] Ps 78:63; 1Co 4:2; 7:6, 10, 12, 28, 34, 36, 40; 15:10; 2Co 2:17; 4:1; 8:8; 11:17; 1Ti 1:12.
[26] Jr 16:2; Mt 24:19; Lk 21:23; 23:28; 1Co 7:1, 8, 28, 35; 1P 4:17.
[27] 1Co 7:12, 20.
[28] 1Co 7:26, 32, 35, 36; 2Co 1:23; He 13:4.
[29] Jb 14:1; Ps 39:4; 90:5; 103:15; Ec 6:12; 9:10; 12:7, 13; Is 24:1; 40:6; Ro 13:11; He 13:13; Jm 4:13; 1P 1:24; 4:7; 2P 3:8; 1Jn 2:17.
[30] Ps 30:5; 126:5; Ec 3:4; Is 25:8; 30:19; Lk 6:21, 25; 16:25; Jn 16:22; Rv 7:17; 18:7.
[31] Ps 39:6; 73:20; Ec 1:4; 2:24; 3:12; 5:18; 9:7; 11:2, 9; Mt 24:48; 25:14; Lk 12:15; 16:1; 19:17; 21:34; 1Co 9:18; 1Ti 6:17; Jm 1:10; 4:14; 5:1; 1P 1:24; 4:7; 1Jn 2:17.
[32] Ps 55:22; Mt 6:25; 13:22; 1Co 7:34; Php 4:6; 1Ti 5:5.
[33] 1S 1:4; Ne 5:1; Lk 12:22; 1Co 7:3; Ep 5:25; Col 3:19; 1Th 4:11; 1Ti 5:8; 1P 3:7.
[34] Lk 2:36; 10:40; Ro 6:13; 12:1; 1Co 6:20; 2Co 7:11; 8:16; 11:28; Php 1:20; 1Th 5:23; 1Ti 3:5; Tit 3:8.

And for what respects we may either marry, or abstain from marrying.

35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of [her] age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. 37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. 38 So then he that giveth [her] in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth [her] not in marriage doeth better. 39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

[35] Mt 19:12; Lk 8:14; 10:40; 21:34; 1Co 7:2, 5, 28, 33, 36; Ep 5:3; Php 4:8; 1Ti 1:10; Tit 2:3.
[36] 1S 2:33; 1Co 7:9, 28, 37.
[38] 1Co 7:1, 2, 8, 26, 28, 32, 37; He 13:4.
[39] Gn 6:2; Dt 7:3; Mal 2:11; Ro 7:2; 1Co 7:10, 15; 2Co 6:14.
[40] 1Co 7:1, 8, 25, 26, 35; 9:1; 14:36; 2Co 10:8; 12:11; 1Th 4:8; 2P 3:15.


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