1 Corinthians 7

1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, ato avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 bLet the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 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 cSatan tempt you not for your incontinency. 6 But I speak this by permission, dand not of commandment. 7 For gI would that all men were feven as I myself. But eevery man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, hIt is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But iif they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, jLet 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 kwere 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 lsave 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 mso ordain I in all churches.

18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? nlet him not be circumcised. 19 pCircumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but othe keeping of the commandments of God. 20 qLet every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21 sArt thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be rmade 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 tChrist's servant. 23 uYe 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.

25 Now concerning virgins xI have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one wthat hath obtained mercy of the Lord vto 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 ythis 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 aabusing it: for zthe fashion of this world passeth away. 32 But I would have you without carefulness. bHe 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 ccareth 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.

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 dSo then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. 39 eThe 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.

 
Cross Ref
2aPro 5:19
3bExo 21:10
1 Pet 3:7
5c2 Cor 11:3
6d2 Cor 8:8
7e1 Cor 12:11
Mat 19:12
f1 Cor 9:5
gAct 26:29
8h1 Cor 7:26
9i1 Tim 5:14
10jLuk 16:18
Mar 10:11-12
Mat 19:6
Mat 5:32
Mal 2:14,16
Jer 3:20
14kMal 2:15
16lJam 5:19-20
1 Pet 3:1
17m2 Cor 11:28
18nGal 5:2
Act 15:24,28
Act 15:19
Act 15:1,5
19oRev 22:14
1 Joh 2:3
Joh 15:14
Mat 5:19
Jer 7:22-23
1 Sam 15:22
pCol 3:11
Gal 6:15
20qEph 4:1
2 The 3:11
21rIsa 58:6
sGal 3:28
22tGal 5:13
Eph 6:6
1 Pet 2:16
23uLev 25:42
1 Pet 1:18
25v1 Cor 4:2
w1 Tim 1:16
x2 Cor 8:8,10
29yMat 24:13
Rom 13:12
Phi 4:5
Heb 10:25
1 Pet 4:7
31zJam 4:14
Psa 39:6
a1 Cor 9:18
32b1 Tim 5:5
34cLuk 10:40
38dHeb 13:4
39eRom 7:2