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The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
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1Now concerning [the things] of which you* wrote to me: [it
is] good for a man not to be touching a woman [sexually]. 2But
because of such sexual sins, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman
have her own husband. 3Let the husband be rendering the affection
being owed to the wife, and likewise also the wife to the husband. 4The
wife does not have control [or, authority] over her own body, but the
husband; and, likewise also the husband does not have control over his own body,
but the wife. 5Stop depriving one another, except by mutual
consent for a time, so that you* shall be devoting yourselves to [or, having
free time for] fasting and prayer; and again to the same be coming together,
lest Satan be tempting you* because of your* lack of self-control. 6But
this I say as a concession, not as a command. 7For I desire all
people to be even as myself. But each has his own gracious gift from God,
one indeed in this manner, but another in that.
I say to the unmarried [persons] and to the widows, it is good for them if they
remain even as I [am]. 9But if they are not exercising self-control,
let them marry; for it is better to marry than to continue being inflamed [with
10Now to the ones having married I am giving strict orders
[or, am instructing] (not I, but the Lord) [i.e., Jesus commented on this
subject during His earthly ministry]: do not let a wife separate from a husband.
11But even if she is separated, let her be remaining unmarried or let
her be reconciled to the husband. And stop letting a husband divorce a wife.
[see Matt 19:3-9]
to the rest I speak (not the Lord) [i.e., Jesus did not comment on this
subject during His earthly ministry]: if any brother has an unbelieving wife,
and she is willing to be living with him, stop letting him divorce her. 13And
a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he is willing to be living
with her, stop letting her divorce him. 14For the unbelieving husband
has been sanctified [or, set apart to God] by the wife, and the unbelieving wife
has been sanctified by the husband; for otherwise indeed your* children are
unclean [or, defiled], but now they are holy [or, set apart to God]. 15But
if the unbelieving [spouse] separates himself, let him be separating himself;
the brother or the sister has not been bound in such [cases], but God has called
us in peace. 16For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save the
husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save the wife?
not [fig., Otherwise],
as God distributed to each, as the Lord has called each, in this manner let him
be walking about [fig., conducting himself]; and in this manner I instruct in
all the assemblies. 18Was anyone called having been circumcised? Stop
letting him become uncircumcised. Was anyone called in uncircumcision? Stop
letting him be circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing, and
uncircumcision is nothing, but [what matters is] keeping [the]
commandments of God. 20Each [person] in the calling in which he was
called, in this let him remain.
you called [as] a slave? Stop letting it be a concern to you, but if also
you are able to become free, rather make use of [it]. 22For the [person]
in the Lord having been called [as] a slave is [the] Lord’s freedman. Likewise
also the free person having been called is a slave of Christ. 23You*
were bought [or, redeemed] with a price; stop becoming slaves of people. 24Each
[person] in [the circumstance] in which he was called, brothers [and sisters], in
this [circumstance] let him remain with God.
concerning the virgins, I do not have a commandment of [or, from] [the] Lord
[i.e., Jesus did not comment on this subject during His earthly ministry], but I
give an opinion as one having been shown mercy from [the] Lord to be faithful
[or, trustworthy]. 26So I consider this to be good because of the
present distress, that [it is] good for a man to be in this manner: 27Have
you been bound to a wife? Stop seeking to be loosed [or, divorced]. Have you
been loosed [or, divorced] from a wife? Stop seeking a wife. 28But even if you do
marry, you did not sin; and if the virgin marries, she did not sin. But such
will have tribulation in the flesh, and I [am trying to] spare you*.
this I say, brothers [and sisters], the time has been shortened; from now on, it
is that even the ones having wives should be as not having, 30and the
ones weeping as not weeping, and the ones rejoicing as not rejoicing, and the
ones buying as not possessing, 31and the ones making use of this
world as not making full use of [it], for the form of this world is passing
32But I want you* to be free from anxiety; the unmarried [man]
is anxious for [or, concerned about] the [things] of the Lord, how he will
please the Lord. 33But the married [man] is anxious for [or,
concerned about] the [things] of the world, how he will please the wife. 34And
wife and the virgin have been distinguished [or, have different interests]: the
unmarried [woman] is anxious for [or, concerned about] the [things] of the Lord,
so that she should be holy both in body and in spirit; but the married [woman]
is anxious for [or, concerned about] the [things] of the world, how she will
please the husband. 35Now this I say for your* own profit [or,
benefit], not so that I should cast a noose [fig., a restriction] on you*, but
for the proper behavior and devotion to the Lord, without distraction.
if anyone thinks [he is] acting shamefully [or, behaving improperly] towards his
virgin, if she is past marriageable age [or, if his passions are strong], and it
is obligated to happen, what he desires let him do; he does not sin. Let them
marry. 37But [he] who has stood steadfast [fig., is convinced] in his
heart, not having necessity, and has authority [or, control] over his own
desire, and this he has determined in his heart, to be keeping his own virgin,
he does well. 38Accordingly, also the one giving in marriage [or,
getting married] does well, but the one not giving in marriage [or, not getting
married] does better.
wife has been bound by [the] law as long as her husband lives, but if also the
husband sleeps [fig., dies], she is free to be married to whomever she desires,
only in [the] Lord [fig., but only if he is a Christian]. 40But she is happier if she remains in this
manner, according to my opinion. And I think I also to be having [the]
Spirit of God.
Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of
the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright © 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.dtl.org).
Previously copyrighted © 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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