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

10 But to the married I give instructions, (D)not I, but the Lord, that the wife is not to leave her husband 11 (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband is not to [a]divorce his wife.

12 But to the rest (E)I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she consents to live with him, he must not [b]divorce her. 13 And [c]if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not [d]divorce her husband. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through [e]her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are (F)holy. 15 Yet if the unbelieving one is leaving, [f]let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called [g]us (G)in peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will (H)save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Read full chapter


  1. 1 Corinthians 7:11 Or leave his wife
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:12 Or leave her
  3. 1 Corinthians 7:13 One early ms any woman who has
  4. 1 Corinthians 7:13 Or leave her husband
  5. 1 Corinthians 7:14 Lit the brother
  6. 1 Corinthians 7:15 Or then he must leave
  7. 1 Corinthians 7:15 One early ms you

Bible Gateway Recommends