1 Now concerning whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 But, because of fornications, let each have his †own :wife, and let each have her :own husband. 3 Let the husband render to the wife her :due: and likewise also the wife to the husband. 4 The wife hath not power over her own :body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own :body, but the wife. 5 Defraud not one the other, except it be by consent for a season, that ye may give yourselves to :prayer, and be together again, that :Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency. 6 But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment. 7 Yet I would all men were even as I myself. But each hath his :own gift from God, one this wise, and another thus wise.
8 But I say to the unmarried and the widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 10 But to the married I give charge, not I, but the Lord, That a wife depart not from a husband 11 (but and if she depart, let her remain un married, or be reconciled to the husband); and that a husband leave not his wife. 12 But to the rest say I, not the Lord: If any brother hath an unbelieving wife, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her. 13 And a woman that hath an unbelieving husband, and he is content to dwell with her, let her not leave the husband. 14 For the unbelieving :husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving :wife is sanctified in the brother: else were your :children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 Yet if the unbelieving departeth, let him depart: the brother or the sister is not under bondage in :such cases: but God hath called you in peace. 16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save the husband? or how knowest thou, O husband, whether thou shalt save the wife? 17 Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each, as :God hath called each, thus let him walk. And thus I ordain in all the churches. 18 Was any called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Hath any been called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 :Circumcision is nothing, and :uncircumcision is nothing; but keeping of God’s commandments. 20 Let each abide in the calling wherein he was called. 21 Wast thou called as a bondman? care not for it: nay, even if thou canst become free, use it rather. 22 For who was called in the Lord being a bondman, is the Lord’s freedman: likewise who was called free, is Christ’s bondman. 23 Ye were bought with a price; become not bondmen of men. 24 Brethren, let each, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.
25 Now concerning the virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord, to be faithful. 26 I think therefore that this is good because of the distress :upon us: that it is good for a man to be as he is. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But shouldest thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if the virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Yet such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I am sparing you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the season is shortened, that henceforth both those having wives may be as though not having; 30 and the weeping, as though not weeping; and the rejoicing, as though not rejoicing; and the buying, as though not possessing; 31 and those using the world, as not using it to the full: for the †fashion of this :world passeth away. 32 But I would have you to be free from cares. The unmarried careth for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 but the married careth for the things of the world, how he may please the wife, 34 and is divided. Also the unmarried :woman and the virgin careth for the things of the Lord, that she be holy both in :body and in :spirit: but the married careth for the things of the world, how she may please the husband. 35 And this I say for your own :profit; not that I may cast a †snare upon you, but for what :is seemly, and assiduous toward the Lord without distraction. 36 But if any thinketh he behaveth unseemly toward his :virgin, if she be past the flower of age, and if need so requireth, let him do what he will; he sinneth not; let them marry. 37 But who standeth steadfast in his :heart, having no necessity, but hath power as touching his †own :will, and hath decided this in his own :heart, to keep his own :virgin, he shall do well. 38 So then both who giveth his own :virgin in marriage doeth well; and who giveth not in marriage shall do better. 39 A wife is bound for so long time as the husband liveth; but if the husband be fallen asleep, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40 But she is more blessed if she abide as she is, after my :judgment: and I think that I also have God’s Spirit.