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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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Principles of Marriage


1 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: aIt is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
3 aLet the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
5 aDo not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that bSatan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 But I say this as a concession, anot as a commandment.
7 For aI wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: aIt is good for them if they remain even as I am;
9 but aif they cannot exercise selfcontrol, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

CHAPTER 7 References

1 a1 Cor. 7:8,
3 aEx. 21:10
5 aJoel 2:16
b1 Thess. 3:5
6 a2 Cor. 8:8
7 aActs 26:29
8 a1 Cor. 7:1,
9 a1 Tim. 5:14
10 aMark
b[Matt. 5:32] 14 aMal. 2:15
15 aRom. 12:18
16 a1 Pet. 3:1
17 a1 Cor. 4:17
18 aActs 15:1
19 a[Gal. 3:28;
5:6; 6:15] b[John 15:14] 22 a[John 8:36] b1 Pet. 2:16
23 a1 Pet. 1:18,
24 a[Col.
3:22–24] 25 a2 Cor. 8:8
b1 Tim. 1:13,
16 c1 Tim.
26 a1 Cor.
7:1, 8

Keep Your Marriage Vows

10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the aLord: bA wife is not to depart from her husband.
11 But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her.
13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise ayour children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us ato peace.
16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will asave your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

Live as You Are Called

17 But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And aso I 1ordain in all the churches.
18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? aLet him not be circumcised.
19 aCircumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but bkeeping the commandments of God is what matters.
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it.
22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is athe Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is bChrist’s slave.
23 aYou were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, let each one remain with aGod in that state in which he was called.

To the Unmarried and Widows

25 Now concerning virgins: aI have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one bwhom the Lord in His mercy has made ctrustworthy.
26 I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distressathat it is good for a man to remain as he is:

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27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
28 But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.
29 But athis I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none,
30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess,
31 and those who use this world as not amisusing it. For bthe form of this world is passing away.
32 But I want you to be without 1care. aHe who is unmarried 2cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.
33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife.
34 There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman acares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband.
35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
36 But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his 1virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let them marry.
37 Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his 1virgin, does well.
38 aSo then he who gives 1her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.
39 aA wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, bonly in the Lord.
40 But she is happier if she remains as she is, aaccording to my judgment—and bI think I also have the Spirit of God.

Be Sensitive to Conscience


1 Now aconcerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have bknowledge. cKnowledge 1puffs up, but love 2edifies.
2 And aif anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

29 a1 Pet. 4:7
31 a1 Cor. 9:18
b[1 John 2:17] 32 a1 Tim. 5:5
1concern 2is
34 aLuke 10:40
36 1Or virgin
37 1Or virgin
38 aHeb. 13:4
1NU his own
39 aRom. 7:2
b2 Cor. 6:14
40 a1 Cor. 7:6,
25 b1 Thess.

CHAPTER 8 References

1 aActs 15:20
bRom. 14:14
cRom. 14:3
1makes arrogant
2 a[1 Cor.
13:8–12] 4 aIs. 41:24
bDeut. 4:35,
39; 6:4
5 a[John
10:34] 6 aMal. 2:10
bActs 17:28
cJohn 13:13
dJohn 1:3
eRom. 5:11
7 a[1 Cor.
10:28] bRom.
14:14, 22
8 a[Rom.
14:17] 9 aGal. 5:13
bRom. 14:13,
21 1cause of
10 a1 Cor.
11 aRom.
14:15, 20
12 aMatt. 25:40
13 aRom. 14:21

3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that aan idol is nothing in the world, band that there is no other God but one.
5 For even if there are aso-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),
6 yet afor us there is one God, the Father, bof whom are all things, and we for Him; and cone Lord Jesus Christ, dthrough whom are all things, and ethrough whom we live.
7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, awith consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is bdefiled.
8 But afood does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
9 But abeware lest somehow this liberty of yours become ba 1stumbling block to those who are weak.
10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not athe conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
11 And abecause of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But awhen you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 Therefore, aif food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

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A Song to the LORD Who Preserves and Prospers His People

A Psalm of David.

1 BLESSED be the LORD my Rock, aWho trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle—
2 My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues 1my people under me.

3 aLORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
4 aMan is like a breath; bHis days are like a passing shadow.

5 aBow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; bTouch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 aFlash forth lightning and scatter them; Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.
7 Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of foreigners,

PSALM 144 References

1 a2 Sam.
22:35; Ps.
2 1So with
MT, LXX,Vg.;
Syr., Tg. the
peoples (cf.
3 aJob 7:17;
Ps. 8:4; Heb.
4 aPs. 39:11
bJob 8:9; 14:2;
Ps. 102:11
5 aPs. 18:9; Is.
64:1 bPs.
6 aPs. 18:13, 14
8 aPs. 12:2
1empty or
9 aPs. 33:2, 3;
10 aPs. 18:50
12 aPs. 128:3
1corner pillars
14 1Lit. breach
15 aDeut.
33:29; [Ps.
33:12; Jer.

8 Whose mouth aspeaks 1lying words, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

9 I will asing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10 The One who gives 1salvation to kings, aWho delivers David His servant From the deadly sword.

11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, Whose mouth speaks lying words, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood
12 That our sons may be aas plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as 1pillars, Sculptured in palace style;
13 That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce; That our sheep may bring forth thousands And ten thousands in our fields;
14 That our oxen may be well-laden; That there be no 1breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry in our streets.
15 aHappy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!




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