1 Corinthians 7:4

“The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The wife hath not power of her owne body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his owne body, but the wife.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband {does;} and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife {does.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own body, but the wife.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The wife has not power over her body, but the husband; and in the same way the husband has not power over his body, but the wife.
- Basic English Bible

The wife has not authority over her own body, but the husband: in like manner also the husband has not authority over his own body, but the wife.
- Darby Bible

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
- Webster's Bible

A married woman is not mistress of her own person: her husband has certain rights. In the same way a married man is not master of his own person: his wife has certain rights.
- Weymouth Bible

The wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but the husband. Likewise also the husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but the wife.
- World English Bible

The womman hath not power of hir bodi, but the hosebonde; and the hosebonde hath not power of his bodi, but the womman.
- Wycliffe Bible

the wife over her own body hath not authority, but the husband; and, in like manner also, the husband over his own body hath not authority, but the wife.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:4


7:4 The wife - the husband - Let no one forget this, on pretence of greater purity.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:4


1Co 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, etc. Each sex here is put on exactly the same footing. The body of each belongs to the other, and cannot be yielded to other parties. The spirit of the passage not only forbids adultery, but polygamy.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7:4

  • James Garrett for verse 4
    First God never endorses nor allows adultery to go unpunished. I this verse the writer is advising married people on how the relationship between husband and wife is structured. Your question is answered in verse 5 6. 1Co 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your inconsistency. 1Co 7:6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. In theses words Paul speaks to times of illness or other time when married people might need to be apart. Paul then writes what a lot of married people sometimes feel Ok some feel this way all the time but they need help 1Co 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 1Co 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 1Co 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. This of course advises them on how to avoid the wrath of God for fornication . Be warned!
  • Juanita for verse 4
    so, does that a man can make a woman have relations regardless how she feels (illness, diabetes)? Does this give him the right to lay down with another woman because she is can not give herself to her husband

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