What is incontinency (1 Corinthians 7:5)?

KJV	Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

1 Corinthians 7:5

ESV - 5 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, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In the context cited in the question, incontinency refers to the inability of an individual to exercise self-control over his or her actions.

Paul is saying that, although a married couple may mutually agree to abstain from sexual activity for a period of time in order to devote themselves to spiritual pursuits such as fasting and prayer, if that period of abstention goes on too long (and especially if it reaches a point where it is no longer by mutual consent), it can present a problem from the standpoint of the possibility of a spouse becoming tempted to look outside the marriage to satisfy his or her sexual needs or desires.

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