1 Corinthians 7:1-19 Darby’s Translation

Problems concerning Marriage

7 1  But concerning the things of which ye have written [to me]: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman; 2  but on account of fornications, let each have his own wife, and each [woman] have her own husband. 3  Let the husband render her due to the wife, and in like manner the wife to the husband. 4  The wife has not authority over her own body, but the husband: in like manner also the husband has not authority over his own body, but the wife. 5  Defraud not one another, unless, it may be, by consent for a time, that ye may devote yourselves to prayer, and again be together, that Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency. 6  But this I say, as consenting [to], not as commanding [it]. 7  Now I wish all men to be even as myself: but every one has his own gift of God: one man thus, and another thus. 8  But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, It is good for them that they remain even as I. 9  But if they have not control over themselves, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.

10  But to the married I enjoin, not I, but the Lord, Let not wife be separated from husband; 11  (but if also she shall have been separated, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband;) and let not husband leave wife. 12  But as to the rest, I say, not the Lord, If any brother have an unbelieving wife, and she consent to dwell with him, let him not leave her. 13  And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to dwell with her, let her not leave [her] husband. 14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the brother; since [otherwise] indeed your children are unclean, but now they are holy. 15  But if the unbeliever go away, let them go away; a brother or a sister is not bound in such [cases], but God has called us in peace. 16  For what knowest thou, O wife, if thou shalt save thy husband? or what knowest thou, O husband, if thou shalt save thy wife?

17  However, as the Lord has divided to each, as God has called each, so let him walk; and thus I ordain in all the assemblies. 18  Has any one been called circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised: has any one been called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19  Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but keeping God's commandments.

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