The husband must [a]fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 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. (A)Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and [b]come together again so that (B)Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. But this I say by way of concession, (C)not of command. [c]Yet I wish that all men were (D)even as I myself am. However, (E)each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.

But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is (F)good for them if they remain (G)even as I. But if they do not have self-control, (H)let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

10 But to the married I give instructions, (I)not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not [d]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 [e]divorce his wife.

12 But to the rest (J)I 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 [f]divorce her. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not [g]send her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through [h]her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are (K)holy. 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 [i]us [j](L)to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will (M)save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:3 Lit render
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:5 Lit be
  3. 1 Corinthians 7:7 One early ms reads For
  4. 1 Corinthians 7:10 Lit depart from
  5. 1 Corinthians 7:11 Or leave his wife
  6. 1 Corinthians 7:12 Or leave her
  7. 1 Corinthians 7:13 Or leave her husband
  8. 1 Corinthians 7:14 Lit the brother
  9. 1 Corinthians 7:15 One early ms reads you
  10. 1 Corinthians 7:15 Lit in