1 Corinthians 7:9

“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if they cannot conteine, let them marry: for it is better to marrie then to burne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn {with passion.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if they have not self-control let them get married; for married life is better than the burning of desire.
- Basic English Bible

But if they have not control over themselves, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.
- Darby Bible

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
- Webster's Bible

If, however, they cannot maintain self-control, by all means let them marry; for marriage is better than the fever of passion.
- Weymouth Bible

But if they don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn.
- World English Bible

That if thei conteynen not hem silf, be thei weddid; for it is betere to be weddid, than to be brent.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if they have not continence -- let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:9


1Co 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry. If the unmarried and widowed cannot control their desires, it is best to marry.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • Davina
    marriage was created by God if at time we have no respect for God how can we have respect for our spouses. the Holy Spirit gudies us into all truth if we have the holy within us our desire will be for God and God alone hence any other relationship will have a positive and strong influence. but this is a daily relationship with God its a process so that we may reach the standards of God
  • Steve morrow
    1COR7:40 BUT SHE IS HAPPIER IF SHE SO ABIDEAFTER MY JUDGEMENT--AND I THINK ALSO THAT I HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD--GALA1:11 BUT I CERTIFY YOU BRETHREN THAT THE GOSPEL WHICH WAS PREACHED OF ME IS NOT AFTER MAN 1:12 FOR I NEITHER RECEIVED IT OF MAN NEITHER WAS I TAUGHT IT BUT BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
    JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS.......
  • Calvin Johnson
    Great chapter of the bible. As a christian counselor let me say Marriage should be taken seriously. I have seen so many fall apart because of our lack of knowledge. Just as you would tune up your car to keep it running smoothly. I advise married couples to attend marriage seminars or retreats annually. God Bless
  • Suzie
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  • JP
    What a treasure trove of wisdom! And such important subject matter.
  • BSP
    Verses 32 through 38 talk about the advantages of being single. It allows one to focus on serving God more fully with less distractions.

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