11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven(A) has been given to you,(B) but not to them.

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I wish that all of you were as I am.(A) But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.(B)

Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.(C) But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry,(D) for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:8 Or widowers

Concerning Change of Status

17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.(A) This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.(B)

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