1 Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is agood 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 aStop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that bSatan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But this I say by way of concession, anot of command. 7 Yet I wish that all men were aeven as I myself am. However, beach man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that. 8 But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is agood for them if they remain beven as I. 9 But if they do not have self-control, alet them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 10 But to the married I give instructions, anot 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 aI 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 aholy. 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 ato peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will asave your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? 17 Only, aas the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And bso I direct in call the churches. 18 Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? aHe is not to be circumcised. 19 aCircumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is bthe keeping of the commandments of God. 20 aEach 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 athe Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is bChrist's slave. 23 aYou were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, aeach one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called. 25 Now concerning virgins I have ano command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who bby the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. 26 I think then that this is good in view of the present adistress, that bit 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, athe 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 amake full use of it; for bthe form of this world is passing away. 32 But I want you to be free from concern. One who is aunmarried 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 aA 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 bin the Lord. 40 But ain my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.