Psalm 119:1-88Contemporary English Version (CEV)
In Praise of the Law of the Lord
119 Our Lord, you bless everyone
9 Young people can live
17 Treat me with kindness, Lord,
25 I am at the point of death.
33 Point out your rules to me,
41 Show me your love
49 Don’t forget your promise
57 You, Lord, are my choice,
65 I am your servant, Lord,
73 You created me
81 I long for you to rescue me!
1 Corinthians 7:20-40Contemporary English Version (CEV)
20 So don’t try to change what you were when God chose you. 21 Are you a slave? Don’t let that bother you. But if you can win your freedom, you should. 22 When the Lord chooses slaves, they become his free people. And when he chooses free people, they become slaves of Christ. 23 God paid a great price for you. So don’t become slaves of anyone else. 24 Stay what you were when God chose you.
25 I don’t know of anything that the Lord said about people who have never been married.[a] But I will tell you what I think. And you can trust me, because the Lord has treated me with kindness. 26 We are now going through hard times, and I think it is best for you to stay as you are. 27 If you are married, stay married. If you are not married, don’t try to get married. 28 It isn’t wrong to marry, even if you have never been married before. But those who marry will have a lot of trouble, and I want to protect you from that.
29 My friends, what I mean is that the Lord will soon come,[b] and it won’t matter if you are married or not. 30 It will be all the same if you are crying or laughing, or if you are buying or are completely broke. 31 It won’t make any difference how much good you are getting from this world or how much you like it. This world as we know it is now passing away.
32 I want all of you to be free from worry. An unmarried man worries about how to please the Lord. 33 But a married man has more worries. He must worry about the things of this world, because he wants to please his wife. 34 So he is pulled in two directions. Unmarried women and women who have never been married[c] worry only about pleasing the Lord, and they keep their bodies and minds pure. But a married woman worries about the things of this world, because she wants to please her husband. 35 What I am saying is for your own good—it isn’t to limit your freedom. I want to help you to live right and to love the Lord above all else.
36 But suppose you are engaged to someone old enough to be married, and you want her so much that all you can think about is getting married. Then go ahead and marry.[d] There is nothing wrong with that. 37 But it is better to have self-control and to make up your mind not to marry. 38 It is perfectly all right to marry, but it is better not to get married at all.
39 A wife should stay married to her husband until he dies. Then she is free to marry again, but only to a man who is a follower of the Lord. 40 However, I think I am obeying God’s Spirit when I say she would be happier to stay single.
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