1 Corinthians 7 ©
Marriage is to be used as a remedy against fornication. Christ hath forbidden to dissolve the bond thereof. Directions how to act where one of the parties is an unbeliever. Every man must abide in and fulfil the duties of the state wherein he was called. Directions concerning the marriage of virgins, respecting the distress of the times; and concerning the second marriage of widows.
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.
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they opossessed not;
But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
But if any man think that he behaveth himself *uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
Nevertheless he that standeth vstedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.