1 Corinthians 7:20-40 New American Standard Bible

20  Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called . 21  Were you called while a slave ? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free , rather do that. 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 . 23  You were bought with a price ; do not become slaves of men . 24  Brethren , each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called .

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 . 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. 27  Are you bound to a wife ? Do not seek to be released . Are you released 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. 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 ; 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 ; 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 . 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 ; 33  but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world , 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 . 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 .

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 . 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 . 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 .

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 . 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 .

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