1 Corinthians 7:1-40, NLT
1 Corinthians 7
Instruction on Marriage
1Now regarding the questions you asked in your letter. Yes, it is good to abstain from sexual relations.*7:1 Or to live a celibate life; Greek reads It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
3The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs.
5Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
8So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am.
10But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord.*7:10 See Matt 5:32; 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18. A wife must not leave her husband.
12Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a fellow believer*7:12 Greek a brother. has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her.
17Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.
20Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you.
25Now regarding your question about the young women who are not yet married. I do not have a command from the Lord for them. But the Lord in his mercy has given me wisdom that can be trusted, and I will share it with you.
29But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage.
32I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him.
36But if a man thinks that he’s treating his fiancée improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin.
39A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but only if he loves the Lord.*7:39 Greek but only in the Lord.