1 Corinthians 7:9

“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if they cannot conteine, let them marry: for it is better to marrie then to burne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn {with passion.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if they have not self-control let them get married; for married life is better than the burning of desire.
- Basic English Bible

But if they have not control over themselves, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.
- Darby Bible

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
- Webster's Bible

If, however, they cannot maintain self-control, by all means let them marry; for marriage is better than the fever of passion.
- Weymouth Bible

But if they don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn.
- World English Bible

That if thei conteynen not hem silf, be thei weddid; for it is betere to be weddid, than to be brent.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if they have not continence -- let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:9


1Co 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry. If the unmarried and widowed cannot control their desires, it is best to marry.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • WILLIAMS
    I left my husband for the 3rd time ,due to emotional ,physically and spiritually abuse, it's sad cause the only time he pleased if I allow him to come over and stay a night or two, but I'm not happy with that. I would love for my husband to seek GOD for his healing and blessing, and then if its meant for us to be 1 again then ill be happy. If not I must accept the fact and truth divorce.
  • Lydia.v.guisao@gmail.com
    Loved my Corinthians in the Bible!
  • Wandering but not lost
    @cassandramorgan Jesus says that one who looks at another with lust in their heart has already committed adultery (Matthew 5:28).

    @jessicahoover your husband is sanctified through you: according to Strongs accordance, that word there means set apart, holy in sight of God
  • Devin Spooner
    It is just amazing that the bible has the answers for you as you go through your journey of life!!!
  • 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.

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