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

  • 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?
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 7:25 now concerning virgins --- I have no commandment of THE LORD --- YET I GIVE MY JUDGEMENT --- as one that hath obtained mercy of THE LORD to be faithful ECCLESISTES 5:2 be not rash with thy mouth and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before GOD for GOD is in heaven and thou upon earth --- therefore let thy words be few
  • 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.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 7:34 there is difference also between a wife and a virgin the unmarried woman careth for the--THINGS OF THE LORD--that she may be holy both in body and in spirit but she that is married careth for the things of the world how she may may please her husband 1TIMOTHY 5:5 now she that is a widow indeed and desolate trusteth in GOD and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day

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