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But unto the married I give charge, `yea' not I, but the Lord, That the wife depart not from her husband(but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife. ~ 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 ASV
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she hath received of Jehovah's hand double for all her sins.The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah; make level in the desert a highway for our God.Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain:and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.The voice of one saying, Cry. And one said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the breath of Jehovah bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass.The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever.O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up on a high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God!Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, `and' will gently lead those that have their young.Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?Who hath directed the Spirit of Jehovah, or being his counsellor hath taught him?With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding?Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are accounted as the small dust of the balance: Behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt-offering.All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and vanity.To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?The image, a workman hath cast `it', and the goldsmith overlayeth it with gold, and casteth `for it' silver chains.He that is too impoverished for `such' an oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a skilful workman to set up a graven image, that shall not be moved.Have ye not known? have yet not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?`It is' he that sitteth above the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in;that bringeth princes to nothing; that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.Yea, they have not been planted; yea, they have not been sown; yea, their stock hath not taken root in the earth: moreover he bloweth upon them, and they wither, and the whirlwind taketh them away as stubble.To whom then will ye liken me, that I should be equal `to him'? saith the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on high, and see who hath created these, that bringeth out their host by number; he calleth them all by name; by the greatness of his might, and for that he is strong in power, not one is lacking.Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from Jehovah, and the justice `due' to me is passed away from my God?Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard? The everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding.He giveth power to the faint; and to him that hath no might he increaseth strength.Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:but they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:1-31 ASV
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own body, but the wife.Defraud ye not one the other, except it be by consent for a season, that ye may give yourselves unto prayer, and may be together again, that Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency.But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment.Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.But unto the married I give charge, `yea' not I, but the Lord, That the wife depart not from her husband(but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.But to the rest say I, not the Lord: If any brother hath an unbelieving wife, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her.And the woman that hath an unbelieving husband, and he is content to dwell with her, let her not leave her husband.For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the brother: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.Yet if the unbelieving departeth, let him depart: the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such `cases': but God hath called us in peace.For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O husband, whether thou shalt save thy wife?Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each man, as God hath called each, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all the churches.Was any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Hath any been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised.Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God.Let each man abide in that calling wherein he was called.Wast thou called being a bondservant? Care not for it: nay, even if thou canst become free, use `it' rather.For he that was called in the Lord being a bondservant, is the Lord's freedman: likewise he that was called being free, is Christ's bondservant.Ye were bought with a price; become not bondservants of men.Brethren, let each man, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy.I think therefore that this is good by reason of the distress that is upon us, `namely,' that it is good for a man to be as he is.Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.But shouldest thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Yet such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I would spare you.But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that henceforth both those that have wives may be as though they had none;and those that weep, as though they wept not; and those that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and those that buy, as though they possessed not;and those that use the world, as not using it to the full: for the fashion of this world passeth away.But I would have you to be free from cares. He that is unmarried is careful for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord:but he that is married is careful for the things of the world, how he may please his wife,and is divided. `So' also the woman that is unmarried and the virgin is careful for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married is careful for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.And this I say for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is seemly, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.But if any man thinketh that he behaveth himself unseemly toward his virgin `daughter', if she be past the flower of her age, and if need so requireth, let him do what he will; he sinneth not; let them marry.But he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power as touching in his own heart, to keep his own virgin `daughter', shall do well.So then both he that giveth his own virgin `daughter' in marriage doeth well; and he that giveth her not in marriage shall do better.A wife is bound for so long time as her husband liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 ASV