Bible verses about trouble in marriage | Moffatt

Bible verses about "trouble in marriage" | Moffatt

Matthew 24:24

24 for false Christs and false prophets will rise and bring forward great signs and wonders, so as to mislead the very elect, — if that were possible.

Mark 10:1

1 Then he left and went to the territory of Judaea over the Jordan. Crowds gathered to him again, and again he taught them as usual.

Matthew 25:13

13 Keep on the watch then, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Matthew 25:10

10 Now while they were away buying oil, the bridegroom arrived; those maidens who were ready accompanied him to the marriage-banquet, and the door was shut.

John 1:11

11 he came to what was his own, yet his own folk did not welcome him.

John 3:16

16 For God loved the world so dearly that he gave up his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, instead of perishing.

Romans 7:3

3 Accordingly, she will be termed an adulteress if she becomes another man's while her husband is alive; but if her husband dies, she is freed from the law of 'the husband,' so that she is no adulteress if she becomes another man's.

Romans 6:23

23 Sin's wage is death, but God's gift is life eternal in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Timothy 3:2

2 Well, for the office of a bishop a man must be above reproach; he must be only married once, he must be temperate, master of himself, unruffled, hospitable, a skilled teacher,

Matthew 24:22

22 Had not those days been cut short, not a soul would be saved alive; however, for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short.

Matthew 19:3-9

3 Then the Pharisees came up to tempt him. They asked, "Is it right to divorce one's wife for any reason?" 4 He replied, "Have you never read that He who created them male and female from the beginning 5 said, Hence a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and the pair shall be one flesh? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What God has joined, then, man must not separate." 7 They said to him, "Then why did Moses lay it down that we were to divorce by giving a separation-notice?" 8 He said to them, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives, on account of the hardness of your hearts, but it was not so from the beginning. 9 I tell you, whoever divorces his wife except for unchastity and marries another woman, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery."

1 Corinthians 6:16

16 Do you not know that he who joins himself to a harlot is one with her in body (for the pair, it is said, shall become one flesh),

Romans 7:2

2 Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is alive; but if the husband dies, she is done with the law of 'the husband.'

Romans 1:1-32

1 PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God 2 (which he promised of old by his prophets in the holy scriptures) 3 concerning his Son, who was born of David's offspring by natural descent 4 and installed as Son of God with power by the Spirit of holiness when he was raised from the dead — concerning Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom I have received the favour of my commission to promote obedience to the faith for his sake among all the Gentiles, 6 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ: 7 to all in Rome who are beloved by God, called to be saints, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because the report of your faith is over all the world. 9 God is my witness, the God whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I always mention you in my prayers, 10 asking if I may at last be sped upon my way to you by God's will. 11 For I do yearn to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift for your strengthening — 12 or, in other words, that I may be encouraged by meeting you, I by your faith and you by mine. 13 Brothers, I would like you to understand that I have often purposed to come to you (though up till now I have been prevented) so as to have some results among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 To Greeks and to barbarians, to wise and to foolish alike, I owe a duty. 15 Hence my eagerness to preach the gospel to you in Rome as well. 16 For I am proud of the gospel; it is God's saving power for everyone who has faith, for the Jew first and for the Greek as well. 17 God's righteousness is revealed in it by faith and for faith — as it is written, Now by faith shall the righteous live. 18 But God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the impiety and wickedness of those who hinder the Truth by their wickedness. 19 For whatever is to be known of God is plain to them; God himself has made it plain — 20 for ever since the world was created, his invisible nature, his everlasting power and divine being, have been quite perceptible in what he has made. So they have no excuse. 21 Though they knew God, they have not glorified him as God nor given thanks to him; they have turned to futile speculations till their ignorant minds grew dark. 22 They claimed to be wise, but they have become fools; 23 they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the semblance of the likeness of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds, and of reptiles. 24 So God has given them up, in their heart's lust, to sexual vice, to the dishonouring of their own bodies, — 25 since they have exchanged the truth of God for an untruth, worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed for ever: Amen. 26 That is why God has given them up to vile passions; their women have exchanged the natural function of sex for what is unnatural, 27 and in the same way the males have abandoned the natural use of women and flamed out in lust for one another, men perpetrating shameless acts with their own sex and getting in their own persons the due recompense of their perversity. 28 Yes, as they disdained to acknowledge God any longer, God has given them up to a reprobate instinct, for the perpetration of what is improper, 29 till they are filled with all manner of wickedness, depravity, lust, and viciousness, filled to the brim with envy, murder, quarrels, intrigues, and malignity — slanderers, 30 defamers, loathed by God, outrageous, haughty, boastful, inventive in evil, disobedient to parents, 31 devoid of conscience, false to their word, callous, merciless; 32 though they know God's decree that people who practise such vice deserve death, they not only do it themselves but applaud those who practise it.

Ephesians 5:29

29 For no one ever hates his flesh; no, he nourishes and cherishes it (just as Christ does the church

Revelation 19:7-9

7 Let us rejoice and triumph, let us give him the glory! For now comes the marriage of the Lamb; his bride has arrayed herself, 8 Yea, she is allowed to put on fine linen, dazzling white" (the white linen is the righteous conduct of the saints). 9 Then I was told, "Write this: — 'Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage-banquet of the Lamb!'" The angel also told me, "These are genuine words of God."

Matthew 24:1-51

1 So Jesus left the temple and went on his way. His disciples came forward to point out to him the temple-buildings, 2 but he replied to them, "You see all this? I tell you truly, not a stone here will be left upon another, without being torn down." 3 So as he sat on the Hill of Olives the disciples came up to him in private and said, "Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign of your arrival and of the end of the world?" 4 Jesus replied, "Take care that no one misleads you; 5 for many will come in my name, saying 'I am the Christ,' and they will mislead many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see and do not be alarmed. These have to come, but it is not the end yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and realm against realm; there will be famines and earthquakes here and there. 8 All that is but the beginning of the trouble. 9 Then men will hand you over to suffer affliction, and they will kill you; you will be hated by all the Gentiles on account of my name. 10 And many will be repelled then, they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will rise and mislead many. 12 And in most of you love will grow cold by the increase of iniquity; 13 but he will be saved who holds out to the very end. 14 This gospel of the Reign shall be preached all over the wide world as a testimony to all the Gentiles, and then the end will come. 15 So when you see the appalling Horror spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing erect in the holy place (let the reader note this), 16 then let those who are in Judaea fly to the hills; 17 a man on the housetop must not go down to fetch what is inside his house, 18 and a man in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 19 Woe to women with child and to women who give suck in those days! 20 Pray that you may not have to fly in winter or on the sabbath, 21 for there will be sore misery then, such as never has been from the beginning of the world till now — no and never shall be. 22 Had not those days been cut short, not a soul would be saved alive; however, for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short. 23 If anyone tells you at that time, 'Here is the Christ!' or, 'there he is!' do not believe it; 24 for false Christs and false prophets will rise and bring forward great signs and wonders, so as to mislead the very elect, — if that were possible. 25 (I am telling you this beforehand.) 26 If they tell you, 'Here he is in the desert,' do not go out; 'here he is in the chamber,' do not believe it. 27 For like lightning that shoots from east to west, so will be the arrival of the Son of man. 28 Wherever the body lies, there will the vultures gather. 29 Immediately after the misery of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not yield her light, the stars will drop from heaven and the orbs of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the Sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven; then all tribes on earth will wail, they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with great power and glory. 31 He will despatch his angels with a loud trumpet call to muster his elect from the four winds, from the verge of heaven to the verge of earth. 32 Let the fig tree teach you a parable. As soon as its branches turn soft and put out leaves, you know summer is at hand; 33 so, whenever you see all this happen, you may be sure He is at hand, at the very door. 34 I tell you truly, the present generation will not pass away till all this happens. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 Now no one knows anything about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, but only my Father. 37 As were the days of Noah, so will the arrival of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days before the deluge people ate and drank, married and were married, till the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and as they knew nothing till the deluge came and swept them all away; so will the arrival of the Son of man be. 40 Then there will be two men in the field, one will be taken and one will be left; 41 two women will be grinding at the millstone, one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep on the watch then, for you never know what day your Lord will come. 43 But be sure of this, that if the householder had known at what watch in the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the watch, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 So be ready yourselves, for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45 Now where is the trusty and thoughtful servant, whom his lord and master has set over his household to assign them their supplies at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant if his lord and master finds him so doing when he arrives! 47 I tell you truly, he will set him over all his property. 48 But if the bad servant says to himself, 'My lord and master is long of coming,' 49 and if he starts to beat his fellow-servants and to eat and drink with drunkards, 50 that servant's lord and master will arrive on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know; 51 he will cut him in two and assign him the fate of the impious. There men will wail and gnash their teeth.

Acts 3:19

19 Repent then, and turn to have your sins blotted out, so that a breathing-space may be vouchsafed you,

1 Corinthians 7:39

39 A woman is bound to her husband during his lifetime; but if he dies, she is free to marry anyone she pleases — only, it must be a Christian.

Hebrews 11:1-40

1 Now faith means we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see. 2 It was for this that the men of old won their record. 3 It is by faith we understand that the world was fashioned by the word of God, and thus the visible was made out of the invisible. 4 It was by faith that Abel offered God a richer sacrifice than Cain did, and thus won from God the record of being 'just,' on the score of what he gave; he died, but by his faith he is speaking to us still. 5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken to heaven, so that he never died (he was not overtaken by death, for God had taken him away). For before he was taken to heaven, his record was that he had satisfied God; 6 and apart from faith it is impossible to satisfy him, for the man who draws near to God must believe that he exists and that he does reward those who seek him. 7 It was by faith that Noah, after being told by God what was still unseen, reverently constructed an ark to save his household; thus he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that follows faith. 8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed his call to go forth to a place which he would receive as an inheritance; he went forth, although he did not know where he was to go. 9 It was by faith that he sojourned in the promised land, as in a foreign country, residing in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob who were co-heirs with him of the same promise; 10 he was waiting for the City with its fixed foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 It was by faith that even Sara got strength to conceive, bearing a son when she was past the age for it — because she considered she could rely on Him who gave the promise. 12 Thus a single man, though he was physically impotent, had issue in number like the stars in heaven, countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 (These all died in faith without obtaining the promises; they only saw them far away and hailed them, owning they were 'strangers and exiles upon earth.' 14 Now people who speak in this way plainly show they are in search of a fatherland. 15 If they thought of the land they have left behind, they would have time to go back, 16 but they really aspire to the better land in heaven. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God; he has prepared a City for them.) 17 It was by faith, when Abraham was put to the test, that he sacrificed Isaac, he was ready to sacrifice his only son, although he had received the promises 18 and had been told that it is through Isaac that your offspring shall be reckoned — 19 for he considered that God was able even to raise men from the dead. Hence he did get him back, by what was a parable of the resurrection. 20 It was by faith that Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in connexion with the future. 21 It was by faith that, when Jacob was dying, he blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bending in prayer over the head of his staff. 22 It was by faith that Joseph at his end thought about the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders about his own bones. 23 It was by faith that Moses was hidden for three months after birth by his parents, because they saw the child was beautiful, and had no fear of the royal decree. 24 It was by faith that Moses refused, when he had grown up, to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 ill-treatment with God's people he preferred to the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering obloquy with the messiah to be richer wealth than all Egypt's treasures — for he had an eye to the Reward. 27 It was by faith that he left Egypt, not from any fear of the king's wrath; like one who saw the King Invisible, he never flinched. 28 It was by faith that he celebrated the passover and performed the sprinkling by blood, so that the destroying angel might not touch Israel's first-born. 29 It was by faith that they crossed the Red Sea like dry land — and when the Egyptians attempted it they were drowned. 30 It was by faith that the walls of Jericho collapsed, after being surrounded for only seven days. 31 It was by faith that Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, as she had welcomed the scouts peaceably. 32 And what more shall I say? Time would fail me to tell of Gideon, of Barak and Samson and Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — 33 men who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouth of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness won to strength, proved valiant in warfare, and routed hosts of foreigners. 35 Some were given back to their womankind, raised from the very dead; others were broken on the wheel, refusing to accept release, that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 others, again, had to experience scoffs and scourging, aye chains and imprisonment — 37 they were stoned, sawn in two, and cut to pieces; they had to roam about in sheepskins and goatskins, forlorn, oppressed, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wanderers in the desert and among the hills, in caves and gullies. 39 They all won their record for faith, but the Promise they did not obtain. 40 God had something better in store for us; he would not have them perfected apart from us.

Matthew 19:9

9 I tell you, whoever divorces his wife except for unchastity and marries another woman, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery."

John 14:27

27 Peace I leave to you, my peace I give to you; I give it not as the world gives its 'Peace!' Let not your hearts be disquieted or timid.

Romans 8:1-39

1 Thus there is no doom now for those who are in Christ Jesus; 2 the law of the Spirit brings the life which is in Christ Jesus, and that law has set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the Law, weakened here by the flesh, could not do; by sending his own Son in the guise of sinful flesh, to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order to secure the fulfilment of the Law's requirements in our lives, as we live and move not by the flesh but by the Spirit. 5 For those who follow the flesh have their interests in the flesh, and those who follow the Spirit have their interests in the Spirit. 6 The interests of the flesh mean death, the interests of the Spirit mean life and peace. 7 For the interests of the flesh are hostile to God; they do not yield to the law of God (indeed they cannot). 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot satisfy God. 9 But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells within you. Anyone who does not possess the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. 10 On the other hand, if Christ is within you, though the body is a dead thing owing to Adam's sin, the spirit is living as the result of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells within you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies live by his indwelling Spirit in your lives. 12 Well then, my brothers, we owe a duty — but it is not to the flesh! It is not to live by the flesh! 13 If you live by the flesh, you are on the road to death; but if by the Spirit you put the actions of the body to death, you will live. 14 For the sons of God are those who are guided by the Spirit of God. 15 You have received no slavish spirit that would make you relapse into fear; you have received the Spirit of sonship. And when we cry, "Abba! Father!", 16 it is this Spirit testifying along with our own spirit that we are children of God; 17 and if children, heirs as well, heirs of God, heirs along with Christ — for we share his sufferings in order to share his glory. 18 Present suffering, I hold, is a mere nothing compared to the glory that we are to have revealed. 19 Even the creation waits with eager longing for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For creation was not rendered futile by its own choice, but by the will of Him who thus made it subject, 21 the hope being that creation as well as man would one day be freed from its thraldom to decay and gain the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 To this day, we know, the entire creation sighs and throbs with pain; 23 and not only so, but even we ourselves, who have the Spirit as a foretaste of the future, even we sigh to ourselves as we wait for the redemption of the body that means our full sonship. 24 We were saved with this hope in view. Now when an object of hope is seen, there is no further need to hope. Who ever hopes for what he sees already? 25 But if we hope for something that we do not see, we wait for it patiently. 26 So too the Spirit assists us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray aright, but the Spirit pleads for us with sighs that are beyond words, 27 and He who searches the human heart knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, since the Spirit pleads before God for the saints. 28 We know also that those who love God, those who have been called in terms of his purpose, have his aid and interest in everything. 29 For he decreed of old that those whom he predestined should share the likeness of his Son — that he might be the firstborn of a great brotherhood. 30 Then he calls those whom he has thus decreed; then he justifies those whom he has called; then he glorifies those whom he has justified. 31 Now what follows from all this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 The God who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, surely He will give us everything besides! 33 Who is to accuse the elect of God? When God acquits, 34 who shall condemn? Will Christ? — the Christ who died, yes and rose from the dead! the Christ who is at God's right hand, who actually pleads for us! 35 What can ever part us from Christ's love? Can anguish or calamity or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or the sword? 36 (Because, as it is written, For thy sake we are being killed all the day long, we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.) 37 No, in all this we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am certain neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, 39 no powers of the Height or of the Depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to part us from God's love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acts 20:35

35 I showed you how this was the way to work hard and succour the needy, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who said, 'To give is happier than to get.'"

2 Timothy 3:16

16 All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for amendment, and for moral discipline,

James 1:1-27

1 James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: greeting. 2 Greet it as pure joy, my brothers, when you come across any sort of trial, 3 sure that the sterling temper of your faith produces endurance; 4 only, let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect. 5 Whoever of you is defective in wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men without question or reproach, and the gift will be his. 6 Only, let him ask in faith, with never a doubt; for the doubtful man is like surge of the sea whirled and swayed by the wind; 7 that man need not imagine he will get anything from God, 8 double-minded creature that he is, wavering at every turn. 9 Let a brother of low position exult when he is raised; 10 but let one who is rich exult in being lowered; for the rich will pass away like the flower of the grass — 11 up comes the sun with the scorching wind and withers the grass, its flower drops off, and the splendour of it is ruined: so shall the rich fade away amid their pursuits. 12 Blessed is he who endures under trial; for when he has stood the test, he will gain the crown of life which is promised to all who love Him. 13 Let no one who is tried by temptation say, 'My temptation comes from God'; God is incapable of being tempted by evil and he tempts no one. 14 Everyone is tempted as he is beguiled and allured by his own desire; 15 then Desire conceives and breeds Sin, while Sin matures and gives birth to Death. 16 Make no mistake about this, my beloved brothers: 17 all we are given is good, and all our endowments are faultless, descending from above, from the Father of the heavenly lights, who knows no change of rising and setting, who casts no shadow on the earth. 18 It was his own will that we should be born by the Word of the truth, to be a kind of firstfruits among his creatures. 19 Be sure of that, my beloved brothers. Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to talk, slow to be angry — 20 for human anger does not promote divine righteousness; 21 so clear away all the foul rank growth of malice, and make a soil of modesty for the Word which roots itself inwardly with power to save your souls. 22 Act on the Word, instead of merely listening to it and deluding yourselves. 23 For whoever listens and does nothing, is like a man who glances at his natural face in a mirror; 24 he glances at himself, goes off, and at once forgets what he was like. 25 Whereas he who gazes into the faultless law of freedom and remains in that position, proving himself to be no forgetful listener but an active agent, he will be blessed in his activity. 26 Whoever considers he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, his religion is futile. 27 Pure, unsoiled religion in the judgment of God the Father means this: to care for orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself from the stain of the world.

2 Timothy 3:17

17 to make the man of God proficient and equip him for good work of every kind.

Ephesians 5:22-24

22 Wives, be subject to your husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ also (though he is the saviour of the Body) is the head of the church; 24 as the church is subject to Christ, so wives are to be subject to their husbands in every respect.

Matthew 5:32

32 But I tell you, anyone who divorces his wife for any reason except unchastity makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

John 14:1

1 Let not your hearts be disquieted; you believe — believe in God and also in me.

1 Corinthians 7:12-16

12 To other people I would say (not the Lord): — if any brother has a wife who is not a believer, and if she consents to live with him, he must not put her away; 13 and if any wife has a husband who is not a believer, and if he consents to live with her, she must not put her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is consecrated in the person of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated in the person of the Christian brother she has married; otherwise, of course, your children would be unholy instead of being consecrated to God. 15 (Should the unbelieving partner be determined to separate, however, separation let it be; in such cases the Christian brother or sister is not tied to marriage.) It is to a life of peace that God has called us. 16 O wife, how do you know you may not save your husband? O husband, how do you know you may not save your wife?

Ephesians 5:31

31 Therefore shall a man leave father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the pair shall be one flesh.

Ephesians 5:33

33 However, let every man of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife reverence her husband.

1 Peter 5:7

7 let all your anxieties fall upon him, for his interest is in you.

Ephesians 5:28

28 So ought husbands to love their wives — to love them as their own bodies (he who loves his wife loves himself).

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1 Thus, I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but if I have no love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal; 2 I may prophesy, fathom all mysteries and secret lore, I may have such absolute faith that I can move hills from their place, but if I have no love, I count for nothing; 3 I may distribute all I possess in charity, I may give up my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I make nothing of it. 4 Love is very patient, very kind. Love knows no jealousy; love makes no parade, gives itself no airs, 5 is never rude, never selfish, never irritated, never resentful; 6 love is never glad when others go wrong, love is gladdened by goodness, 7 always slow to expose, always eager to believe the best, always hopeful, always patient. 8 Love never disappears. As for prophesying, it will be superseded; as for 'tongues,' they will cease; as for knowledge, it will be superseded. 9 For we only know bit by bit, and we only prophesy bit by bit; 10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I argued like a child; now that I am a man, I am done with childish ways. 12 At present we only see the baffling reflections in a mirror, but then it will be face to face; at present I am learning bit by bit, but then I shall understand, as all along I have myself been understood. 13 Thus 'faith and hope and love last on, these three,' but the greatest of all is love.

1 Peter 3:1

1 In the same way, you wives must be submissive to your husbands, so that even those who will not believe the Word may be won over without a word by the behaviour of their wives,

Hebrews 13:4

4 Let marriage be held in honour by all, and keep the marriage-bed unstained. God will punish the vicious and adulterous.

Ephesians 5:25

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

1 Corinthians 7:1-40

1 Now about the questions in your letter. It is an excellent thing for a man to have no intercourse with a woman; 2 but there is so much immorality that every man had better have a wife of his own and every woman a husband of her own. 3 The husband must give the wife her conjugal dues, and the wife in the same way must give her husband his; 4 the wife cannot do as she pleases with her body — her husband has power, and in the same way the husband cannot do as he pleases with his body — his wife has power. 5 Do not withhold sexual intercourse from one another, unless you agree to do so for a time in order to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again. You must not let Satan tempt you through incontinence. 6 But what I have just said is by way of concession, not command. 7 I would like all men to be as I am. However, everyone is endowed by God in his own way; he has a gift for the one life or the other. 8 To the unmarried and to widows I would say this: it is an excellent thing if like me they remain as they are. 9 Still, if they cannot restrain themselves, let them marry. Better marry than be aflame with passion! 10 For married people these are my instructions (and they are the Lord's, not mine). A wife is not to separate from her husband — 11 if she has separated, she must either remain single or be reconciled to him — and a husband must not put away his wife. 12 To other people I would say (not the Lord): — if any brother has a wife who is not a believer, and if she consents to live with him, he must not put her away; 13 and if any wife has a husband who is not a believer, and if he consents to live with her, she must not put her husband away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is consecrated in the person of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated in the person of the Christian brother she has married; otherwise, of course, your children would be unholy instead of being consecrated to God. 15 (Should the unbelieving partner be determined to separate, however, separation let it be; in such cases the Christian brother or sister is not tied to marriage.) It is to a life of peace that God has called us. 16 O wife, how do you know you may not save your husband? O husband, how do you know you may not save your wife? 17 Only, everyone must lead the lot assigned him by the Lord; he must go on living the life in which God's call came to him. (Such is the rule I lay down for all the churches). 18 Was a man circumcised at the time he was called? Then he is not to efface the marks of it. Has any man been called when he was uncircumcised? Then he is not to get circumcised. 19 Circumcision counts for nothing, uncircumcision counts for nothing; obedience to God's commands is everything. 20 Everyone must remain in the condition of life where he was called. 21 You were a slave when you were called? Never mind. Of course, if you do find it possible to get free, you had better avail yourself of the opportunity. 22 But a slave who is called to be in the Lord is a freedman of the Lord. Just as a free man who is called is a slave of Christ 23 (for you were bought for a price; you must not turn slaves to any man). 24 Brothers, everyone must remain with God in the condition of life where he was called. 25 I have no orders from the Lord for unmarried women, but I will give you the opinion of one whom you can trust, after all the Lord's mercy to him. 26 Well, what I think is this: that, considering the imminent distress in these days, it would be an excellent plan for you to remain just as you are. 27 Are you tied to a wife? Never try to untie the knot. Are you free? Never try to get married. 28 Of course, if you are actually married, there is no sin in that; and if a maid marries, there is no sin in that. (At the same time those who marry will have outward trouble — and I would spare you that.) 29 I mean, brothers, — the interval has been shortened; so let those who have wives live as if they had none, 30 let mourners live as if they were not mourning, let the joyful live as if they had no joy, let buyers live as if they had no hold on their goods, 31 let those who mix in the world live as if they were not engrossed in it, for the present phase of things is passing away. 32 I want you to be free from all anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the Lord's affairs, how best to satisfy the Lord; 33 the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how best to satisfy his wife — 34 so he is torn in two directions. The unmarried woman or the maid is also anxious about the Lord's affairs, how to be consecrated, body and spirit; once married, she is anxious about worldly affairs, how best to satisfy her husband. 35 I am saying this in your own interests. Not that I want to restrict your freedom. It is only to secure decorum and concentration upon a life of devotion to the Lord. 36 At the same time, if any man considers he is not behaving properly to the maid who is his spiritual bride, if his passions are strong and if it must be so, then let him do what he wants — let them be married; it is no sin for him. 37 But the man of firm purpose who has made up his mind, who, instead of being forced against his will, has determined to himself to keep his maid a spiritual bride — that man will be doing the right thing. 38 Thus both are right alike in marrying and in refraining from marriage, but he who does not marry will be found to have done better. 39 A woman is bound to her husband during his lifetime; but if he dies, she is free to marry anyone she pleases — only, it must be a Christian. 40 However, she is happier if she remains as she is; that is my opinion — and I suppose I have the Spirit of God as well as other people!

1 Peter 3:7

7 In the same way you husbands must be considerate in living with your wives, since they are the weaker sex; you must honour them as heirs equally with yourselves of the grace of Life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Colossians 3:19

19 Husbands, love your wives, do not be harsh to them.

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