1 Corinthians 7:2

“Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neuerthelesse, to auoid fornication, let euery man haue his owne wife, and let euery woman haue her owne husband.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But because of the desires of the flesh, let every man have his wife, and every woman her husband.
- Basic English Bible

but on account of fornications, let each have his own wife, and each [woman] have her own husband.
- Darby Bible

Nevertheless, to avoid lewdness, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
- Webster's Bible

But because there is so much fornication every man should have a wife of his own, and every woman should have a husband.
- Weymouth Bible

But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
- World English Bible

But for fornycacioun eche man haue his owne wijf, and ech womman haue hir owne hosebonde.
- Wycliffe Bible

and because of the whoredom let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her proper husband;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:2


7:2 Yet, when it is needful, in order to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife. His own - For Christianity allows no polygamy.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:2


1Co 7:2 [To avoid] fornication. To prevent this sin, and the temptations to it in an unmarried state, especially in a vicious community, it was best for each sex that they be married; the normal condition of the sexes.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • 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).
  • Josef
    Is interesting how other Bible versions add to the word " burn" the words "with passion" seams like it totally change the meaning Other Bible translations don't add to the word burn other words . They are like the old King James Bible . So I would like to see comments on the vers 9 that ends with the original word " burn"
  • 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
  • A disciple
    Hello David; That is so very sad and painful! Without knowing you or your circumstances, I can only try to give some general advice and hopefully encourage you in God through some related experience. As far as Church "activities;" maybe just a little from time to time, to lift your mind and spirit up out of the doldrums; and if you can, have some "heart to heart" with a closer brother, and pray!

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