7Now regarding the questions you asked in your letter. Yes, it is good to live a celibate life.G1161G4012G3739G1125G3427G2570G444G3361G680G1135 2But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.G1223G1161G4202G2192G1538G2192G1438G1135G2532G2192G1538G2192G2398G435 3The husband should fulfill his wife's sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband's needs.G591G435G591G1135G3784G2133G1161G3668G2532G1135G435 4The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife.G1135G1850G3756G1850G2398G4983G235G435G1161G3668G2532G435G1850G3756G1850G2398G4983G235G1135 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.G650G3361G240G1509G302G5100G1537G4859G4314G2540G2443G4980G3521G2532G4335G2532G4905G1909G846G3825G3363G4567G3985G5209G3363G1223G5216G192 6I say this as a concession, not as a command.G1161G3004G5124G2596G4774G3756G2596G2003 7But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. But God gives to some the gift of marriage, and to others the gift of singleness.G1063G2309G3956G444G1511G2532G5613G1683G235G1538G2192G2398G5486G1537G2316G3739G3303G3779G1161G3739G3779 8So I say to those who aren't married and to widows—it's better to stay unmarried, just as I am.G3004G1161G22G2532G5503G2076G2570G846G1437G3306G2504G5613G2504 9But if they can't control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It's better to marry than to burn with lust.G1161G1487G1467G3756G1467G1060G1063G2076G2909G1060G2228G4448 10But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband.G1161G1060G3853G3756G1473G235G2962G5563G3361G1135G5563G575G435 11But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.G1161G2532G1437G5563G3306G22G2228G2644G435G2532G863G3361G435G863G1135 12Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her.G1161G3062G3004G1473G3756G2962G1536G80G2192G1135G571G2532G846G4909G3611G3326G846G863G3361G863G846G863 13And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him.G2532G1135G3748G2192G435G571G2532G846G4909G3611G3326G846G863G3361G863G846 14For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.G1063G571G435G37G1722G1135G2532G571G1135G37G1722G435G686G1893G2076G5216G5043G169G1161G3568G2076G40 15(But if the husband or wife who isn't a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.)G1161G1487G571G5563G5563G80G2228G79G1402G3756G1402G1722G5108G1161G2316G2564G2248G1722G1515 16Don't you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don't you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?G1063G5101G1492G1135G1487G4982G435G2228G5101G1492G435G1487G4982G1135 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.G1508G5613G2316G3307G1538G5613G2962G2564G1538G3779G4043G2532G3779G1299G1722G3956G1577 18For instance, a man who was circumcised before he became a believer should not try to reverse it. And the man who was uncircumcised when he became a believer should not be circumcised now.G2564G5100G2564G4059G1986G3361G1986G2564G5100G2564G1722G203G4059G3361G4059 19For it makes no difference whether or not a man has been circumcised. The important thing is to keep God's commandments.G4061G2076G3762G2532G203G2076G3762G235G5084G1785G2316 20Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you.G3306G1538G3306G1722G5026G2821G1722G3739G2564 21Are you a slave? Don't let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it.G2564G1401G3199G4671G3361G3199G235G1499G1410G1096G1658G5530G3123 22And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ.G1063G2564G1722G2962G1401G2076G2962G558G3668G2532G2564G1658G2076G5547G1401 23God paid a high price for you, so don't be enslaved by the world.G59G5092G1096G3361G1096G1401G444 24Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you.G80G3306G1538G1722G3739G2564G1722G5129G3306G3844G2316 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.G1161G4012G3933G2192G3756G2003G2962G1161G1325G1106G5613G1653G5259G2962G1511G4103 26Because of the present crisis, I think it is best to remain as you are.G3543G3767G5124G5225G2570G1223G1764G318G3754G2570G444G3779G1511 27If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married.G1210G1135G2212G3361G3080G3089G575G1135G2212G3361G1135 28But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems.G1161G2532G1437G1060G264G3756G264G2532G1437G3933G1060G264G3756G264G1161G5108G2192G2347G4561G1161G1473G5339G5216 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.G1161G5124G5346G80G2540G4958G2076G3063G2443G2532G2192G1135G5600G5613G2192G3361 30Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions.G2532G2799G5613G2799G3361G2532G5463G5613G5463G3361G2532G59G5613G2722G3361 31Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.G2532G5530G5127G2889G5613G3361G2710G1063G4976G5129G2889G3855 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.G1161G1511G2309G5209G275G22G3309G3588G2962G4459G700G2962 33But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife.G1161G1060G3309G3588G2889G4459G700G1135 34His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband.G3307G1135G2532G3933G22G3309G3588G2962G2443G5600G40G2532G4983G2532G4151G1161G1060G3309G3588G2889G4459G700G435 35I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.G1161G5124G3004G4314G5216G846G4851G3756G2443G1911G1029G5213G235G4314G2158G2532G2145G2962G563 36But if a man thinks that he's treating his fiancee improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin.G1161G1536G3543G807G1909G846G3933G1437G5230G5600G2532G3784G3779G1096G4160G3739G2309G264G3756G1060 37But if he has decided firmly not to marry and there is no urgency and he can control his passion, he does well not to marry.G1161G3739G2476G1476G1722G2588G2192G3361G318G1161G2192G1849G4012G2398G2307G2532G2919G5124G2919G1722G846G2588G5083G1438G3933G4160G2573 38So the person who marries his fiancee does well, and the person who doesn't marry does even better.G5620G2532G1547G4160G2573G1161G1547G3361G1547G4160G2908 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.G1135G1210G3551G1909G5550G3745G846G435G2198G1161G1437G846G435G2837G2076G1658G1060G3739G2309G3440G1722G2962 40But in my opinion it would be better for her to stay single, and I think I am giving you counsel from God's Spirit when I say this.G1161G2076G3107G1437G3306G3779G3306G2596G1699G1106G1161G1380G2504G2192G4151G2316
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