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1 Corinthians 7:12-26 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 But I (not the Lord)[a] say to the rest: If any brother has an unbelieving wife and she is willing to live with him, he must not leave her. 13 Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband and he is willing to live with her, she must not leave her husband. 14 For the unbelieving husband is set apart for God by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is set apart for God by the husband.[b] Otherwise your children would be corrupt, but now they are set apart for God. 15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him leave. A brother or a sister is not bound in such cases. God has called you[c] to live in peace. 16 For you, wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Or you, husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife?

Various Situations of Life

17 However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him.[d] This is what I command in all the churches. 18 Was anyone already circumcised when he was called? He should not undo his circumcision. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised. 19 Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter, but keeping God’s commands does. 20 Each person should remain in the life situation[e] in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? It should not be a concern to you. But if you can become free, by all means take the opportunity.[f] 22 For he who is called by the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman.[g] Likewise he who is called as a free man[h] is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brothers, each person should remain with God in whatever situation he was called.

About the Unmarried and Widows

25 About virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I do give an opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Therefore I consider this to be good because of the present distress: It is fine for a man to remain as he is.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:12 Jesus did not address the situation of a marriage in the Gentile world where only one person is a believer.
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:14 Lit the brother
  3. 1 Corinthians 7:15 Other mss read us
  4. 1 Corinthians 7:17 Lit called each
  5. 1 Corinthians 7:20 Lit in the calling
  6. 1 Corinthians 7:21 Or But even though you can become free, make the most of your position as a slave.
  7. 1 Corinthians 7:22 A former slave
  8. 1 Corinthians 7:22 A man who was never a slave

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