Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:8 Or widowers

But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry,(A) for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

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32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs(A)—how he can please the Lord.

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33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—

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38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right,(A) but he who does not marry her does better.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:38 Or 36 If anyone thinks he is not treating his daughter properly, and if she is getting along in years (or if her passions are too strong), and he feels she ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. He should let her get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind to keep the virgin unmarried—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who gives his virgin in marriage does right, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.

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