King James Version1 Corinthians7

1 Corinthians

1 Now con­cern­ing the things where­of ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a wom­an. 2 Nev­er­the­less, ­to avoid for­ni­ca­tion, let ev­ery man have his own wife, and let ev­ery wom­an have her own hus­band. 3 Let the hus­band ren­der unto the wife due benev­o­lence: and like­wise also the wife unto the hus­band. 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. 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. 6 But I speak this by per­mis­sion, and not of com­mand­ment. 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. 8 I say there­fore to the un­mar­ried and wid­ows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they can­not con­tain, let them mar­ry: for it is bet­ter to mar­ry than to burn. 10 And unto the mar­ried I com­mand, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife de­part from her hus­band: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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? 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. 18 Is any man called be­ing cir­cum­cised? let him not be­come un­cir­cum­cised. Is any called in un­cir­cum­ci­sion? let him not be cir­cum­cised. 19 Cir­cum­ci­sion is noth­ing, and un­cir­cum­ci­sion is noth­ing, but the keep­ing of the com­mand­ments of God. 20 Let ev­ery man abide in the same call­ing where­in he was called. 21 Art thou called being a ser­vant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 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. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the ser­vants of men. 24 Brethren, let ev­ery man, where­in he is called, there­in abide with God. 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. 26 I sup­pose there­fore that this is good for the pre­sent dis­tress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 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. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it re­maineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 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; 31 And they that use this world, as not abus­ing it: for the fash­ion of this world pas­seth away. 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: 33 But he that is mar­ried careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 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. 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. 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. 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. 38 So then he that giveth her in mar­riage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in mar­riage doeth bet­ter. 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. 40 But she is hap­pi­er if she so abide, af­ter my judg­ment: and I think also that I have the Spir­it of God.