25 Now concerning virgins, I have (A)no command of the Lord, but I am offering direction as one who [a](B)by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. 26 I think, then, that this is good in view of the [b]present (C)distress, that (D)it is good for a man [c]to remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such people as yourselves will have [d]trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you. 29 But this I say, brothers, (E)the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; 30 and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 31 and those who use the world, as though they did not (F)make full use of it; for (G)the present form of this world is passing away.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 7:25 Lit has been shown mercy by the Lord to be trustworthy
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:26 Or impending
  3. 1 Corinthians 7:26 Lit so to be
  4. 1 Corinthians 7:28 Lit tribulation in the flesh

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