1 Corinthians 7:1-5

Principles for Marriage

1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: t "It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman." 2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 3 u The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 v Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, w so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

  1. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 7:8
    To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.
    1 Corinthians 7:26
    I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 21:10
    If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or her marital rights.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 19:15
    And he said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.
    1 Samuel 21:4
    And the priest answered David, "I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread - if the young men have kept themselves from women.
    Ecclesiastes 3:5
    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.
    Zechariah 12:12 - 14
    The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves.
  4. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 3:5
    For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.
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