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But Do Not Divorce Your Christian Spouse

10 But to the ones having married I command (not I, but the Lord), that a wife not be separated from her husband— 11 but if indeed she is separated, let her remain unmarried or let her be reconciled to her husband— and that a husband not leave[a] his wife.

Do Not Divorce an Unbelieving Spouse Who Chooses To Stay

12 But to the rest I say, not[b] the Lord— if any brother has an unbelieving wife and this one consents to dwell with him, let him not leave her. 13 And if any woman has an unbelieving husband and this one consents to dwell with her, let her not leave her husband. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified[c] by his wife. And the unbelieving wife has been sanctified by the brother. Otherwise then your children are unclean, but now[d] they are holy.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:11 Or, abandon, divorce.
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:12 That is, this was not spoken of by the Lord, as was the last case.
  3. 1 Corinthians 7:14 Or, consecrated, made holy. Rather than the believer being defiled by the unbeliever (who is probably an idolater), the reverse is true.
  4. 1 Corinthians 7:14 Or, as-it-is. The children also are sanctified by the presence of the believer.

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