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1 Corinthians 7 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:1 - Now with regard to the issues you wrote about: "It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman."
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:2 - But because of immoralities, each man should have relations with his own wife and each woman with her own husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:3 - A husband should give to his wife her sexual rights, and likewise a wife to her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:4 - It is not the wife who has the rights to her own body, but the husband. In the same way, it is not the husband who has the rights to his own body, but the wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:5 - Do not deprive each other, except by mutual agreement for a specified time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then resume your relationship, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:6 - I say this as a concession, not as a command.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:7 - I wish that everyone was as I am. But each has his own gift from God, one this way, another that.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:8 - To the unmarried and widows I say that it is best for them to remain as I am.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:9 - But if they do not have self-control, let them get married. For it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:10 - To the married I give this command - not I, but the Lord - a wife should not divorce a husband
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:11 - (but if she does, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband), and a husband should not divorce his wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:12 - To the rest I say - I, not the Lord - if a brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is happy to live with him, he should not divorce her.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:13 - And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is happy to live with her, she should not divorce him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:14 - For the unbelieving husband is sanctified because of the wife, and the unbelieving wife because of her husband. Otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:15 - But if the unbeliever wants a divorce, let it take place. In these circumstances the brother or sister is not bound. God has called you in peace.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:16 - For how do you know, wife, whether you will bring your husband to salvation? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will bring your wife to salvation?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:17 - Nevertheless, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each person, so must he live. I give this sort of direction in all the churches.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:18 - Was anyone called after he had been circumcised? He should not try to undo his circumcision. Was anyone called who is uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:19 - Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Instead, keeping God's commandments is what counts.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:20 - Let each one remain in that situation in life in which he was called.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:21 - Were you called as a slave? Do not worry about it. But if indeed you are able to be free, make the most of the opportunity.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:22 - For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord's freedman. In the same way, the one who was called as a free person is Christ's slave.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:23 - You were bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:24 - In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters, let him remain in it with God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:25 - With regard to the question about people who have never married, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one shown mercy by the Lord to be trustworthy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:26 - Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:27 - The one bound to a wife should not seek divorce. The one released from a wife should not seek marriage.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:28 - But if you marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face difficult circumstances, and I am trying to spare you such problems.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:29 - And I say this, brothers and sisters: The time is short. So then those who have wives should be as those who have none,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:30 - those with tears like those not weeping, those who rejoice like those not rejoicing, those who buy like those without possessions,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:31 - those who use the world as though they were not using it to the full. For the present shape of this world is passing away.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:32 - And I want you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:33 - But a married man is concerned about the things of the world, how to please his wife,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:34 - and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, to be holy both in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the things of the world, how to please her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:35 - I am saying this for your benefit, not to place a limitation on you, but so that without distraction you may give notable and constant service to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:36 - If anyone thinks he is acting inappropriately toward his virgin, if she is past the bloom of youth and it seems necessary, he should do what he wishes; he does not sin. Let them marry.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:37 - But the man who is firm in his commitment, and is under no necessity but has control over his will, and has decided in his own mind to keep his own virgin, does well.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:38 - So then, the one who marries his own virgin does well, but the one who does not, does better.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:39 - A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes (only someone in the Lord).
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:40 - But in my opinion, she will be happier if she remains as she is - and I think that I too have the Spirit of God!

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