1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 7:2

“Neuerthelesse, to auoid fornication, let euery man haue his owne wife, and let euery woman haue her owne husband.”

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Other Translations

Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
- King James Version

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

  • Fred
    Marriage is a life long obligation. marriage is a divine institution. Christ is the groom and the church the bride. With this in mind it is easier to understand the will of our God in the Christ Paul speaks by the authority given and provided by the holy spirit. We too through faith, can learn patience and grow in love with one another, asking God in Prayer for his support in all these things.
  • G. Ochoa
    Clearer explanation of 1 Corinth 6:9, 10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Then lists the fornicators sexually immoral , idolater, adulterers, effeminate male prostitutes , abusers of themselves with mankind homosexual offenders , 10. The thieves, covetous the greedy , drunkards, revilers slanderers , extortioners swindlers . . .
  • Adam
    Fornication in verse 2- do you believe fornication is sexual intercourse outside of marriage? Does it include all sexual activity even kissing is considered sexual by some or just intercourse?
  • BSP
    Verse 16~ A husband's or wife's faith can have a powerful impact on their unbelieving mate and may even move that one to have faith.
  • Peace Francis
    1Corinthian 6:9-10 be not deceived neither fornicators, nor idolatry nor adulterers, nor effeminate(homosexual), not abusers of themselves with mankind... Shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Mrs. Lindsey
    Verse 2 is my favorite because it lets us know that a man is to have his own wife, not nobody else's and a woman is to have her own husband, not the husband of another woman and never, ever are two folk of the same gender to call themselves married to each other!! That's simply an abomination.

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