1 Corinthians 7:20-40
20Â Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
21Â Were you a slave when you were called? Donâ€™t let it trouble youâ€”although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22Â For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lordâ€™s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christâ€™s slave.23Â You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.24Â Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
Concerning the Unmarried
25Â Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lordâ€™s mercy is trustworthy.26Â Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is.27Â Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife.28Â But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29Â What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not;30Â those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31Â those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32Â I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lordâ€™s affairsâ€”how he can please the Lord. 33Â But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this worldâ€”how he can please his wifeâ€” 34Â and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lordâ€™s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this worldâ€”how she can please her husband. 35Â I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
36Â If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37Â But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virginâ€”this man also does the right thing. 38Â So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.
39Â A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40Â In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she isâ€”and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
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