1 Corinthians 7:1-19 New American Standard Bible

Problems concerning Marriage

7 1  Now concerning the things about which you wrote , it is good for a man not to touch a woman . 2  But because of immoralities , each man is to have his own wife , and each woman is to have her own husband . 3  The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife , and likewise also 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. 5  Stop depriving one another , except by agreement for a time , so e that you may devote yourselves to prayer , and come together e e again so e that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control . 6  But this I say by way of concession , not of command . 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 e in that. 8  But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. 9  But if they do not have self-control , let them marry ; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

10  But to the married I give instructions , not I, but the Lord , that the wife should not leave 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 . 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. 13  And a woman who has an unbelieving husband , and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away . 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 . 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 . 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 ?

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

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