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1 Corinthians 7 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:1 - Now concerning the matters about which you wrote. It is well for a man not to touch a woman.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:2 - But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:3 - The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:4 - For the wife does not rule over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does not rule over his own body, but the wife does.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:5 - Do not refuse one another except perhaps by agreement for a season, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, lest Satan tempt you through lack of self-control.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:6 - I say this by way of concession, not of command.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:7 - I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own special gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:8 - To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:9 - But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:10 - To the married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate from her husband
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:11 - (but if she does, let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband)--and that the husband should not divorce his wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:12 - To the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:13 - If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:14 - For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:15 - But if the unbelieving partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For God has called us to peace.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:16 - Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:17 - Only, let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:18 - Was any one at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was any one at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:19 - For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:20 - Every one should remain in the state in which he was called.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:21 - Were you a slave when called? Never mind. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:22 - For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:23 - You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:24 - So, brethren, in whatever state each was called, there let him remain with God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:25 - Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:26 - I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:27 - Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:28 - But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:29 - I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:30 - and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:31 - and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the form of this world is passing away.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:32 - I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:33 - but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:34 - and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:35 - I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:36 - If any one thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry--it is no sin.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:37 - But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:38 - So that he who marries his betrothed does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:39 - A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:40 - But in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I have the Spirit of God.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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