1 Corinthians 7



Concerning Christian Marriage

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

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

1 About the things you wrote: "It is good for a man not to have relations with a woman."

1 Now about what you asked: "Is it advisable for a man not to marry?"

1 Now as to the matters of which you wrote me. It is well [and by that I mean advantageous, expedient, profitable, and wholesome] for a man not to touch a woman [to cohabit with her] but to remain unmarried.

2 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.

2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

2 But because of sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.

2 Because sexual immorality is so rampant, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should have her own husband.

2 But because of the temptation to impurity and to avoid immorality, let each [man] have his own wife and let each [woman] have her own husband.

3 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband.

3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

3 A husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband.

3 A husband should fulfill his obligation to his wife, and a wife should do the same for her husband.

3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights (goodwill, kindness, and what is due her as his wife), and likewise 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.

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.

4 A wife does not have authority over her own body, but her husband does. Equally, a husband does not have authority over his own body, but his wife does.

4 A wife does not have authority over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but his wife does.

4 For the wife does not have [exclusive] authority and control over her own body, but the husband [has his rights]; likewise also the husband does not have [exclusive] authority and control over his body, but the wife [has her rights].

5 Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

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.

5 Do not deprive one another-except when you agree, for a time, to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

5 Do not withhold yourselves from each other unless you agree to do so just for a set time, in order to devote yourselves to prayer. Then you should come together again so that Satan does not tempt you through your lack of self-control.

5 Do not refuse and deprive and defraud each other [of your due marital rights], except perhaps by mutual consent for a time, so that you may devote yourselves unhindered to prayer. But afterwards resume marital relations, lest Satan tempt you [to sin] through your lack of restraint of sexual desire.

6 But this I say by way of concession, not of command.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.

6 But I say this as a concession, not as a command.

6 But I am saying this more as a matter of permission and concession, not as a command or regulation.

7 Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.

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.

7 I wish that all people were just like me. But each has his own gift from God, one this and another that.

7 I would like everyone to be unmarried, like I am. However, each person has a special gift from God, one this and another that.

7 I wish that all men were like I myself am [in this matter of self-control]. But each has his own special gift from God, one of this kind and one of another.

A Word To The Unmarried

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

8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

8 I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am.

8 I say to those who are unmarried, especially to widows: It is good for them to remain like me.

8 But to the unmarried people and to the widows, I declare that it is well (good, advantageous, expedient, and wholesome) for them to remain [single] even as I do.

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

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

9 But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.

9 However, if they cannot control themselves, they should get married, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

9 But if they have not self-control (restraint of their passions), they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame [with passion and tortured continually with ungratified desire].

About Married People

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

10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:

10 I command the married-not I, but the Lord-a wife is not to leave her husband.

10 To married people I give this command (not really I, but the Lord): A wife must not leave her husband.

10 But to the married people I give charge -- "not I but the Lord -- "that the wife is not to separate from 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 divorce his wife.

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.

11 But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband-and a husband is not to leave his wife.

11 But if she does leave him, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. Likewise, a husband must not abandon his wife.

11 But if she does [separate from and divorce him], let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband. And [I charge] the husband [also] that he should not put away or divorce his wife.

12 But 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 must not divorce her.

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.

12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is willing to live with him, he must not leave her.

12 I (not the Lord) say to the rest of you: If a brother has a wife who is an unbeliever and she is willing to live with him, he must not abandon her.

12 To the rest I declare -- "I, not the Lord [for Jesus did not discuss this] -- "that if any brother has a wife who does not believe [in Christ] and she consents to live with him, he should not leave or divorce her.

13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband 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.

13 Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he is willing to live with her, she must not leave her husband.

13 And if a woman has a husband who is an unbeliever and he is willing to live with her, she must not abandon him.

13 And if any woman has an unbelieving husband and he consents to live with her, she should not leave or divorce him.

14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.

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.

14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the Christian husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.

14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified because of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.

14 For the unbelieving husband is set apart (separated, withdrawn from heathen contamination, and affiliated with the Christian people) by union with his consecrated (set-apart) wife, and the unbelieving wife is set apart and separated through union with her consecrated husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean (unblessed heathen, outside the Christian covenant), but as it is they are prepared for God [pure and clean].

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 us to peace.

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.

15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him leave. A brother or a sister is not bound in such cases. God has called you to peace.

15 But if the unbelieving partner leaves, let him go. In such cases the brother or sister is not under obligation. God has called you to live in peace.

15 But if the unbelieving partner [actually] leaves, let him do so; in such [cases the remaining] brother or sister is not morally bound. But God has called us to peace.

16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

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?

16 For you, wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Or you, husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife?

16 Wife, you might be able to save your husband. Husband, you might be able to save your wife.

16 For, wife, how can you be sure of converting and saving your husband? Husband, how can you be sure of converting and saving your wife?

Various Situations Of Life

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

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.

17 However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches.

17 Nevertheless, everyone should live the life that the Lord gave him and to which God called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

17 Only, let each one [seek to conduct himself and regulate his affairs so as to] lead the life which the Lord has allotted and imparted to him and to which God has invited and summoned him. This is my order in all the churches.

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.

18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.

18 Was anyone already circumcised when he was called? He should not undo his circumcision. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised.

18 Was anyone circumcised when he was called? He should not try to change that. Was anyone uncircumcised when he was called? He should not get circumcised.

18 Was anyone at the time of his summons [from God] already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the evidence of circumcision. Was anyone at the time [God] called him uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.

19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.

19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

19 Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter, but keeping God's commandments does.

19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but obeying God's commandments is everything.

19 For circumcision is nothing and counts for nothing, neither does uncircumcision, but [what counts is] keeping the commandments of God.

20 Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.

20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

20 Each person should remain in the life situation in which he was called.

20 Everyone should stay in the same condition in which he was called.

20 Everyone should remain after God calls him in the station or condition of life in which the summons found him.

21 Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that.

21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

21 Were you called while a slave? It should not be a concern to you. But if you can become free, by all means take the opportunity.

21 Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let that bother you. Of course, if you have a chance to become free, take advantage of the opportunity.

21 Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let that trouble you. But if you are able to gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.

22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave.

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.

22 For he who is called by the Lord as a slave is the Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called as a free man is Christ's slave.

22 For the slave who has been called to belong to the Lord is the Lord's free person. In the same way, the free person who has been called is the Messiah's slave.

22 For he who as a slave was summoned in [to union with] the Lord is a freedman of the Lord, just so he who was free when he was called is a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah).

23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.

23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

23 You were bought for a price. Stop becoming slaves of people.

23 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].

24 Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.

24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

24 Brothers, each person should remain with God in whatever situation he was called.

24 Brothers, everyone should stay in the same condition in which he was called by God.

24 So, brethren, in whatever station or state or condition of life each one was when he was called, there let him continue with and close to God.

Concerning The Unmarried

25 Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.

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.

25 About virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I do give an opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.

25 Now concerning virgins, although I do not have any command from the Lord, I will give you my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.

25 Now concerning the virgins (the marriageable maidens) I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion and advice as one who by the Lord's mercy is rendered trustworthy and faithful.

26 I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.

26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

26 Therefore I consider this to be good because of the present distress: it is fine for a man to stay as he is.

26 In view of the present crisis, I think it is prudent for a man to stay as he is.

26 I think then, because of the impending distress [that is even now setting in], it is well (expedient, profitable, and wholesome) for a person to remain as he or she 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.

27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.

27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife.

27 Have you become committed to a wife? Stop trying to get released from your commitment. Have you been freed from your commitment to a wife? Stop looking for one.

27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free 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 trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.

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.

28 However, if you do get married, you have not sinned, and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But such people will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.

28 But if you do get married, you have not sinned. And if a virgin gets married, she has not sinned. However, these people will experience trouble in this life, and I want to spare you from that.

28 But if you do marry, you do not sin [in doing so], and if a virgin marries, she does not sin [in doing so]. Yet those who marry will have physical and earthly troubles, and I would like to spare you that.

29 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

29 And I say this, brothers: the time is limited, so from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none,

29 This is what I mean, brothers: The time is short. From now on, those who have wives should live as though they had none,

29 I mean, brethren, the appointed time has been winding down and it has grown very short. From now on, let even those who have wives be as if 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;

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;

30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess,

30 and those who mourn as though they did not mourn, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they did not own a thing,

30 And those who weep and mourn as though they were not weeping and mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they did not possess anything,

31 and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.

31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

31 and those who use the world as though they did not make full use of it. For this world in its current form is passing away.

31 and those who use the things in the world as though they were not dependent on them. For the world in its present form is passing away.

31 And those who deal with this world [ overusing the enjoyments of this life] as though they were not absorbed by it and as if they had no dealings with it. For the outward form of this world (the present world order) is passing away.

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;

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:

32 I want you to be without concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord-how he may please the Lord.

32 I want you to be free from concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, that is, about how he can please the Lord.

32 My desire is to have you free from all anxiety and distressing care. The unmarried man is anxious 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,

33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

33 But a married man is concerned about the things of the world-how he may please his wife-

33 But a married man is concerned about things of this world, that is, about how he can please his wife,

33 But the married man is anxious about worldly matters -- "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.

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.

34 and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the things of the world-how she may please her husband.

34 and so his attention is divided.

34 And he is drawn in diverging directions [his interests are divided and he is distracted from his devotion to God]. And the unmarried woman or girl is concerned and anxious about the matters of the Lord, how to be wholly separated and set apart in body and spirit; but the married woman has her cares [centered] in earthly affairs -- "how she may please her husband.

35 This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.

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.

35 Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but because of what is proper, and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction.

35 An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the affairs of the Lord, so that she may be holy in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world, that is, about how she can please her husband. I'm saying this for your benefit, not to put a noose around your necks, but to promote good order and unhindered devotion to the Lord.

35 Now I say this for your own welfare and profit, not to put [a halter of] restraint upon you, but to promote what is seemly and in good order and to secure your undistracted and undivided devotion to the Lord.

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 her marry.

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.

36 But if any man thinks he is acting improperly toward his virgin, if she is past marriageable age, and so it must be, he can do what he wants. He is not sinning; they can get married.

36 If a man thinks he is not behaving properly toward his virgin, and if his passion is so strong that he feels he ought to marry her, let him do what he wants; he isn't sinning. Let them get married.

36 But if any man thinks that he is not acting properly toward and in regard to his virgin [that he is preparing disgrace for her or incurring reproach], in case she is passing the bloom of her youth and if there is need for it, let him do what to him seems right; he does not sin; let them marry.

37 But he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well.

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.

37 But he who stands firm in his heart (who is under no compulsion, but has control over his own will) and has decided in his heart to keep his own virgin, will do well.

37 However, if a man stands firm in his resolve, feels no necessity, and has made up his mind to keep her a virgin, he will be acting appropriately.

37 But whoever is firmly established in his heart [strong in mind and purpose], not being forced by necessity but having control over his own will and desire, and has resolved this in his heart to keep his own virginity, he is doing 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.

38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

38 So then he who marries his virgin does well, but he who does not marry will do better.

38 So then the man who marries the virgin acts appropriately, but the man who refrains from marriage does even better.

38 So also then, he [the father] who gives his virgin (his daughter) in marriage does well, and he [the father] who does not give [her] in marriage does better.

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

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.

39 A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to anyone she wants-only in the Lord.

39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, only in the Lord.

39 A wife is bound to her husband by law as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she will, only [provided that he too is] in the Lord.

40 But in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

40 But she is happier if she remains as she is, in my opinion. And I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

40 However, in my opinion she will be happier if she stays as she is. And in saying this, I think that I, too, have God's Spirit.

40 But in my opinion [a widow] is happier (more blessed and to be envied) if she does not remarry. And also I think I have the Spirit of God.



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