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1 Corinthians 7:2

“Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neuerthelesse, to auoid fornication, let euery man haue his owne wife, and let euery woman haue her owne husband.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But because of the desires of the flesh, let every man have his wife, and every woman her husband.
- Basic English Bible

but on account of fornications, let each have his own wife, and each [woman] have her own husband.
- Darby Bible

Nevertheless, to avoid lewdness, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
- Webster's Bible

But because there is so much fornication every man should have a wife of his own, and every woman should have a husband.
- Weymouth Bible

But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
- World English Bible

But for fornycacioun eche man haue his owne wijf, and ech womman haue hir owne hosebonde.
- Wycliffe Bible

and because of the whoredom let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her proper husband;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:2

7:2 Yet, when it is needful, in order to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife. His own - For Christianity allows no polygamy.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:2

1Co 7:2 [To avoid] fornication. To prevent this sin, and the temptations to it in an unmarried state, especially in a vicious community, it was best for each sex that they be married; the normal condition of the sexes.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • Peace
    in verse 10 - 11 . but i do not think it is lawful for a woman to depart from her husband n remarry no matter d problem. if she is remarried is the man still bound to d departed wife? should he marry another or remain single all his life? pls i need response.
  • Sharp Melody for verse 4
    If the wife gives the husband authority over her body but the husband does not give the wife authority over his body - is the wife wrong if she decides to with hold because of his disobedience?
  • Roda Dark
    Please is it a sin to marry a divorced man?
  • Cassara Morgan for verse 1
    The KJV says it is good for a MAN not to touch a WOMAN. The next verse says but let every MAN have his own WIFE. That alone shows that a MAN is NOT to touch a WOMAN until she is his WIFE. The word adultery means when a MARRIED person physically romantically touches another people that is not their own spouse. Fornication is people doing stuff before they are married. I have been married for a little over a year now, and me nor my husband did anything physically romantic with each other or anyone else til we were married. It is the most wonderful feeling that he never had his hands on another woman and I never had another guy touching me. Thanks for reading. Please don't comment if you are trying to defend yourself. The Bible says what it says.
  • Ane
    Verse 14 If your spouse is not saved you should be dutiful and have compassion for your spouse. Demonstrate the love of God in all that you do. Focus on God and trust him to do the work of salvation. You may influence your spouse by your faith in God and your behaviour in the home.
  • Velma chadwick

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