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1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. 37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. 38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. 39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

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1 Sarah R = "The NIV translates this as "sexual immorality"."
2 Sarah R = "Some critics argue that this statement means these words from Paul are not inspired by God but merely his own opinion. However, it seems from the context that Paul is saying that while Jesus gave direct commands about marriage and divorce (see Mark 10), He did not while on Earth say anything directly about the non-married. Therefore Paul is speaking "by permission," likely implying permission of the Holy Spirit since he before in 1 Corinthians made the argument that his message was from God and not from man. Therefore, we can take these words as inspired and God-ordained as the rest of the New Testament Scriptures."
3 Sarah R = "We call Paul's gift the gift of chastity. He was able to remain single and to focus 100% on his ministry. This however is not made a command that we have to follow. He notes in the following verses that when one is married and has a family their focus is divided, and rightly so, but that takes away from their time, energy and interest in doing ministry work."
4 Sarah R = "Note that Paul does not consider as an option sexual relationships outside of marriage. Some might argue that this is a cultural issue and no longer applicable to us today as we live in a more open culture. However, the Bible in multiple places talks about living a life of purity and avoiding sexual immorality, which includes sex outside of marriage. It seems that this is the life God calls us to, "Be holy, as I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16, quoting Leviticus)."
5 Sarah R = "Jesus words on divorce, "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." (Matthew 19:9)"
6 Cary W = "All of our relationships are given us to help us find and stay in Christ.  Period.  That is there soul purpose. Regardless of our partners faith, we should live and love in such a way as to be a light to Christ and to salvation."
7 Cary W = "When one is saved, him and his whole household shall be saved and sanctified through him."
8 Sarah R = "Part of the Old Testament covenant was that adherents were circumcised. If non-Jews converted to Judaism they were circumcised as a sign of their new faith. Now, under the New Testament and the new covenant, that is no longer a requirement. So when believers came to believe in Christ, the Jewish Messiah, they no longer had to abide by the Old Testament Jewish law but could remain as they were."
9 Sarah R = "Other translations use "slave". Paul is not advocating slavery, but rather noting that one could still be a faithful follower of Christ even in a low social position such as a servant or slave. Although there are many slaves mentioned in the Bible, the Bible's message is not pro-slavery. In fact, the Old Testament law provided certain protections for slaves, including the ability to become free men. It shows a progressive movement from the culture around them to the eventual abolition of slavery."
10 Cary W = "Bottom line is regardless of whether you are single, married, divorced, or widowed, remain in heart as belonging to the Lord and seeking above all, in all to please Him first.  Because our time here is short, make the most of it for the Lord and His Glory."
11 Cary W = "The attitude cultivated here is simply be devoted to the Lord first, whether married or single.  And if married, pursue a relationship that is focused on the things and service of God, and not distracted by the world, things and worries."
12 Deena E = "Many have attempted to use this scripture as means to forbid others from marrying. However, Paul is saying that married persons have more responsibility in that they are responsible for their spouse. Single people can fully devote themselves to God's interests, but should marry if they burn with the desire for a partner. Neither one is frowned upon, but the single person has less responsibility to earthly cares."