1 Corinthians 7:15

“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if the vnbeleeuing depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not vnder bondage in such cases: but God hath called vs to peace.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such {cases,} but God has called us to peace.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Yet if the unbelieving departeth, let him depart: the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such `cases': but God hath called us in peace.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if the one who is not a Christian has a desire to go away, let it be so: the brother or the sister in such a position is not forced to do one thing or the other: but it is God's pleasure that we may be at peace with one another.
- Basic English Bible

But if the unbeliever go away, let them go away; a brother or a sister is not bound in such [cases], but God has called us in peace.
- Darby Bible

But if the unbelieving departeth, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases; but God hath called us to peace.
- Webster's Bible

If, however, the unbeliever is determined to leave, let him or her do so. Under such circumstances the Christian man or woman is no slave; God has called us to live lives of peace.
- Weymouth Bible

Yet if the unbeliever departs, let there be separation. The brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us in peace.
- World English Bible

That if the vnfeithful departith, departe he. For whi the brother or sistir is not suget to seruage in siche; for God hath clepid vs in pees.
- Wycliffe Bible

And, if the unbelieving doth separate himself -- let him separate himself: the brother or the sister is not under servitude in such [cases], and in peace hath God called us;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:15


7:15 A brother or a sister - A Christian man or woman. Is not enslaved - is at full liberty. In such cases: but God hath called us to peace - To live peaceably with them, if it be possible.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:15


1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. If the unbelieving husband or wife insists upon making the Christian profession a ground of separation, let them have their way. Examples of this kind occur in every age, and the rule is always applicable. God hath called us to peace. Hence, if strife must prevail to prevent separation, let the other go.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • A disciple
    Stephen; I am so very thankful for the Lord's gentleness and forgiveness for taking me back as well, and not letting the devil destroy me while I was out there! There are many of us who have been betrayed and mistreated by those whom we loved and trusted, and have foolishly reacted by taking a bad turn into sin because of it. There's a lot of wisdom we can share with others, how and why not to do!
  • Stephen
    David, let me add something to what 'A Disciple' said. My wife left me on Thanksgiving Day, 1999. We were at the time very faithful members of a Bible believing church. I quit going to church and it was my ruin. I fell deep into sin and it was years before I came to myself like the Prodigal Son. So please, stay in church, stay in the Word. You won't ever regret serving God.
  • A disciple
    Josef; the first thing I've always thought about that verse is like when the Lord said, If your eye cause you to sin, pluck it out and cast it away from you; for its better to enter into life one-eyed, than to be cast into the Gehenna of fire. The Greek word translated, "burn" comes from the word meaning "to kindle" or "be ignited, glow" lit. be refined, or inflamed (with anger grief lust etc).
  • Andy
    To David
    Things in life happen such as divorce just remember whatever you are going through God still loves you just as much as when you are with your wife. God still has a plan for you and will use you. We are not cast out because of a divorce or any other sin
    But are granted God,s grace. I have been where you are peace be to you
  • Ray321
    Romans 15: 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: Now, I am a uncircumcised Gentile, therefore I follow Apostle Paul through Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 22:42 SAYING FATHER IF THOU BE WILLING REMOVE THIS CUP FROM ME NEVETHELESS NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE --22:44--AND BEING IN AGONY HE PRAYED MOER EARNESTLY AND HIS SWEAT WAS AS IT WERE GREAT DROPS OF BLOOD FALLING DOWN TO THE GROUND ***** JOHN 19:30 WHEN JESUS THEREFORE HAD RECEIVED THE VINEGAR HE SAID IT IS FINISHED AND HE BOWED HIS HEAD AND GAVE UP THE GHOST

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