7:1 Now concerning the things of which ye wrote to me: [It is]
good for a man not to touch a woman.
7:2 Nevertheless, [to avoid] lewdness, let every man have his
own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
7:3 Let the husband render to the wife due benevolence: and
likewise also the wife to the husband.
7:4 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.
7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except with consent for a
time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and
come together again, that Satan may not tempt you for your
7:6 But I speak this by permission, [and] not as a commandment.
7:7 For I would that all men were as I myself. But every man
hath his proper gift from God, one after this manner, and
another after that.
7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for
them if they remain even as I.
7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better
to marry than to burn.
7:10 And to the married I command, [yet] not I, but the Lord,
Let not the wife depart from [her] husband:
7:11 But if she shall depart, let her remain unmarried, or be
reconciled to [her] husband: and let not the husband put away
7:12 But to the rest I speak, not the Lord, if any brother hath
a wife that believeth not, and she is pleased to dwell with
him, let him not put her away.
7:13 And the woman who hath a husband that believeth not, and if
he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
7:14 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.
7:15 But if the unbelieving departeth, let him depart. A brother
or a sister is not under bondage in such [cases]; but God hath
called us to peace.
7:16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save [thy]
husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save
7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath
called every one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all
7:18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become
uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not
7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but
the keeping of the commandments of God.
7:20 Let every man continue in the same calling in which he was
7:21 Art thou called [being] a servant? care not for it; but if
thou mayest be made free, use [it] rather.
7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, [being] a servant, is
the Lord's free-man: likewise also he that is called, [being]
free, is Christ's servant.
7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
7:24 Brethren, let every man in the state in which he is called,
continue in it with God.
7:25 Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord:
yet I give my judgment as one that hath obtained mercy from the
Lord to be faithful.
7:26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present
distress, [I say], that [it is] good for a man so to be.
7:27 Art thou bound to a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou
loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
7:28 But if thou marry, thou hast not sinned: and if a virgin
marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless, such will have
trouble in the flesh; but I spare you.
7:29 But this I say, brethren, The time [is] short. It
remaineth, that both they that have wives, be as though they
7:30 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;
7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]. For the
fashion of this world passeth away.
7:32 But I would have you without anxious care. He that is
unmarried, is anxious for the things that belong to the Lord,
how he may please the Lord:
7:33 But he that is married, is anxious for the things that are
of the world, how he may please [his] wife.
7:34 There is a difference [also] between a wife and a virgin.
The unmarried woman is anxious for the things of the Lord, that
she may be holy, both in body and in spirit: but she that is
married, is anxious for the things of the world, how she may
please [her] husband.
7:35 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.
7:36 But if any man thinketh that he behaveth himself uncomely
towards his virgin, if she hath passed the flower of [her] age,
and need so requireth, let him do what he will, he sinneth not:
let them marry.
7:37 Nevertheless, he that standeth steadfast 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
7:38 So then he that giveth [her] in marriage doeth well; but he
that giveth [her] not in marriage doeth better.
7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth;
but if her husband is dead, she is at liberty to be married to
whom she will; only in the Lord.
7:40 But she is happier if she so remain, after my judgment; and
I think also that I have the Spirit of God.