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Christian Standard Bible

1 Corinthians 7:1–9

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PRINCIPLES OF MARRIAGE

Now in response to the matters you wroteH about: “It is good for a man not to useI a woman for sex.” But because sexual immorality is so common,J,ar each man should have sexual relations with his own wife,as and each woman should have sexual relations with her own husband. A husband should fulfill his marital dutyat to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband. A wife does not have the right over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband does not have the right over his own body, but his wife does. Do not depriveau one another—except when you agree for a time, to devote yourselves toK prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all people were as I am. But each has his own giftav from God, one person has this gift, another has that.

A WORD TO THE UNMARRIED

I say to the unmarriedL and to widows:aw It is good for them if they remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control,a they should marry, since it is better to marryb than to burn with desire.

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