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1 Corinthians 7 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Teaching on Marriage

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:1 -

Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man [fn]not to touch a woman.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:2 - But because of sexual immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:3 - The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise the wife also to her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:4 - The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise the husband also does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:5 - [fn]Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and [fn]come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:6 - But this I say by way of concession, not of command.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:7 - [fn]Yet I wish that all [fn]men were even as I myself am. However, each has his own gift from God, one in this way, and another in that.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:8 -

But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:9 - But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:10 -

But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife is not to leave her husband

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:11 - (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband is not to [fn]divorce his wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:12 -

But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she consents to live with him, he must not [fn]divorce her.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:13 - And [fn]if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not [fn]divorce her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:14 - For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through [fn]her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:15 - Yet if the unbelieving one is leaving, [fn]let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called [fn]us in peace.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:16 - For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:17 -

Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this way let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:18 - Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:19 - Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:20 - Each person is to remain in that [fn]state in which he was called.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:21 -

Were you called as a slave? Do not let it concern you. But if you are also able to become free, take advantage of that.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:22 - For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave, is the Lord’s freed person; likewise the one who was called as free, is Christ’s slave.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:23 - You were bought for a price; do not become slaves of people.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:24 - Brothers and sisters, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:25 -

Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I am offering direction as one who [fn]by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:26 - I think, then, that this is good in view of the [fn]present distress, that it is good for a man [fn]to remain as he is.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:27 - Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:28 - But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such people as yourselves will have [fn]trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:29 - But this I say, brothers, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:30 - 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;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:31 - and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the present form of this world is passing away.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:32 -

But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:33 - but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:34 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:35 - I say this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but [fn]to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:36 -

But if anyone thinks that he is acting dishonorably toward his virgin, if she is [fn]past her youth and it ought to be so, let him do what he wishes, he is not sinning; let [fn]them marry.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:37 - But the one who stands firm in his heart, [fn]if he is not under constraint, but has authority [fn]over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin, he will do well.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:38 - So then, both the one who gives his own virgin in marriage does well, and the one who does not give her in marriage will do better.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:39 -

A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband [fn]dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:40 - But in my opinion she is [fn]happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
NASB20 Footnotes
Prob. referring to abstinence
Or do not deprive
Lit be
One early ms For
Or people
Or leave his wife
Or leave her
One early ms any woman who has
Or leave her husband
Lit the brother
Or then he must leave
One early ms you
Lit calling
Lit has been shown mercy by the Lord to be trustworthy
Or impending
Lit so to be
Lit tribulation in the flesh
Lit for what is seemly
Or past puberty
I.e., the woman and her betrothed or fiancé
Lit having no necessity
Lit pertaining to
Lit falls asleep
Or more fortunate

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