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

  • Irene123
    To 'p' - again -- Gal. 5:24
  • Irene123
    To 'p' on 1 Cor. (lust) -- as lust is condemned, then it isn't part of the Spirit of God. The spirit of God is found in Gal. I forget the scriptures. A person with God's spirit indwelling in him - God gives desire' to for their mate, not 'lust'. You have to have the indwelling spirit to know the difference. Lust is of Satan.
  • P
    If looking at another with lust is considered adultery, and we are more or less biologically programmed to feel lust in order to propogate the species, it would appear that the overwhelming majority of human beings are guilty of a mortal sin because of their nature.Good thing looking at other peoples food isn't a sin.
  • Judith
    It is so good to adhere to God's word. When you ask him to help you. You will be sustained. It is good that people who are preparing to get married agree and ask the Lord to assist them and do not indulge in formication. It is possible to wait until the day of the Wedding. God bless you all.
  • 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!

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