Paul begins Scripture’s great chapter on marriage by warning couples against selfishness. Spouses are not their own, but they belong to their partners until death.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 7:1-11

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 7:1-11

1 Corinthians 7:1-11 (Listen)

Principles for Marriage

7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Now as a concession, not a command, I say this. I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

10 To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband 11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 7

     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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 625:
Oh, Blest the House Whate’er Befall

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Oh, blest the house, whate’er befall, 
Where Jesus Christ is all in all! 
Yea, if He were not dwelling there, 
How dark and poor and void it were! 

2. Oh, blest that house where faith ye find 
And all within have set their mind 
To trust their God and serve Him still 
And do in all His holy will! 

3. Oh, blest the parents who give heed 
Unto their children’s foremost need 
And weary not of care or cost! 
May none to them and heaven be lost! 

4. Blest such a house, it prospers well, 
In peace and joy the parents dwell, 
And in their children’s lot is shown 
How richly God can bless His own. 

5. Then here will I and mine today 
A solemn covenant make and say: 
Though all the world forsake Thy Word, 
I and my house will serve the Lord! 


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