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 7:15

  • I do believe that marriages can be restored with prayer, honesty and a willingness to work it out. But how can one do that and yet still be in love with someone else other than the husband/wife?
  • It has been taught to me for years that the divorce is wrong. In many ways I agree that it can be avoided with prayer and honesty with two desiring to walk together and agreeing. And the Lord will change their hearts. This is true only if they both submit to the authority of the Holy Spirit and God's influence and allow forgiveness to take place. God can do anything when we allow him.
  • I have a son who's been married for almost 20 years with our 3 wonderful grandchildren. My son was just told by the wife, our daughter-in-law that she's leaving him. My son has provided her s great home in the country. My daughter-in-law had the band surgery a while back which caused her to go wacko is the only way I can describe it. She does not associate herself with adults at all, only young teens. My son has given her no reason at all for her to leave her children and my son behind, in fact she admits its all her fault. My son is feeling like its wrong for him to give her a divorce. My comment is a question and a prayer request. Would my son be in error if he does give her a divorce. If you can, please provide some scripture and reference versed. Thank you for your comments.

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