1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 7:4

“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.”

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Other Translations

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

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

  • 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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