37 Anyone who claims to be a prophet, or to have spiritual powers, must acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord. New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. 1 Corinthians 7:1–40 Directions concerning Marriage 7 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is well for a man not to touch a woman.” 2 But because of cases of sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. 1 Corinthians 7 (NRSV) Lyrics 1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: "It is well for a man not to touch a woman." Do not seek a wife. [c] 22 For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. Are you free from a wife? and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions. 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord[a]and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I want you to be free from anxieties. 25 Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. Used by permission. 9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. Are you bound to a wife? You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; 33 but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. 20 Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called. Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. 3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. Wife, for all you know, you might save your husband. It is to peace that God has called you. Let them marry. To the rest I say—I and not the Lord—that if any believer. But each has a particular gift from God, one having one kind and another a different kind. 7 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is well for a man not to touch a woman.” 2 But because of cases of sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access, NRSV Audio Bible - Catholic Edition on MP3, Wisdom Books: The NRSV Saint John's Bible, NRSV Wesley Study Bible - Bonded Leather Charcoal, NRSV Journal the Word Bible, Comfort Print, Leathersoft, Brown, NRSV Wesley Study Bible: Sage Thicket Decotone, imitation leather. But if the husband dies,[k] she is free to marry anyone she wishes, only in the Lord. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. Acts 24:25 in a list of virtues presented by Paul to Felix. Do not seek a wife. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? 36 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his fiancée,[h] if his passions are strong, and so it has to be, let him marry as he wishes; it is no sin. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion. 3. However that may be, let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. All rights reserved. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. Used by permission. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. 8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none.

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