1 Corinthians 7:11

“But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 Corinthians 7:11

But and if shee depart, let her remaine vnmaried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

(but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.
- American Standard Version (1901)

(Or if she goes away from him, let her keep unmarried, or be united to her husband again); and that the husband may not go away from his wife.
- Basic English Bible

(but if also she shall have been separated, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband;) and let not husband leave wife.
- Darby Bible

But if she shall depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
- Webster's Bible

or if she has already left him, let her either remain as she is or be reconciled to him; and that a husband is not to send away his wife.
- Weymouth Bible

(but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband not leave his wife.
- World English Bible

and that if sche departith, that sche dwelle vnweddid, or be recounselid to hir hosebonde; and the hosebonde forsake not the wijf.
- Wycliffe Bible

but and if she may separate, let her remain unmarried, or to the husband let her be reconciled, and let not a husband send away a wife.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 Corinthians 7:11

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:11


7:11 But if she depart - Contrary to this express prohibition. And let not the husband put away his wife - Except for the cause of adultery.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:11


1Co 7:11 But and if she shall depart, etc. Provided, despite the prohibition, there is such disagreement that she leaves her husband, she must remain unmarried, or be reconciled. Let not the husband put away [his] wife. The wife "departs", because she leaves the home; the husband "puts away his wife", by sending her off. Both are equally prohibited. The same rules apply to each sex. Among the Jews, only the husband exercised the right of divorce; among the Greeks and Romans, the wife exercised it equally with the husband.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7:11

  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Corinthians 7:11
    The Bible declares that divorce is a sin as it breaks the special lasting bond that a husband & wife can enjoy: the two shall be one flesh. So Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:16, "know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh." So any sexual union outside of marriage is considered an act of adultery.

    When you say "when the partner cannot understand each other any longer", is it that misunderstandings & arguments are so frequent that the marriage is no longer loving & committed? At times, a couple can come to 'loggerheads' or the marriage becomes so stale or difficult that divorce seems the only release from that situation. However, in a Christian marriage, divorce is not an option, but there is room for a separation (1 Corinthians 7:11) with a view to take time away from each other to consider the matter & for eventual reconciliation. Yet, if even this isn't possible, then a permanent separation may be needed, but both parties remain unmarried.

    This sounds difficult, especially if the suffering becomes unbearable in marriage, even if everything is done, including both praying & waiting on the Lord, seeking counselling & giving the marriage another shot by making some changes in those areas of conflict. If there's still no hope, then only a separation is permitted. If they still want to divorce & re-marry, then they come under the Hand of God for their outcome. But as I say, everything must be done to save the marriage, which is holy before God.


 

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