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Duties of the married state. I. CORINTHIANS, Directions concerning and the unbelieving wife is wherein he is called, therein sanctified by the husband : else abide with God. . were your children unclean; 25 Now concerning virgins, but now are they holy. I have no commandment of the

15 But if the unbelieving de-Lord : yet I give my judgment part, let him depart. A brother as one that hath obtained mercy or a sister is not under bondage of the Lord to be faithful. in such cases ; but God hath 26 I suppose therefore that called us to peace.

this is good for the present dis16 For what knowest thou, tress; I say, that it is good for a O wife, whether thou shalt save man so to be. thy husband ? or how knowest 27 Art thou bound unto a thou, O man, whether thou shalt wife ? seek not to be loosed. save thy wife ?

Art thou loosed from a wife? 17 But as God hath distri- seek not a wife. buted to every man, as the Lord 28 But and if thou marry, hath called every one, so let thou hast not sinned : and if a

all churches.

ned. Nevertheless, such shall 18 Is any man called being have trouble in the flesh; but I circumcised? let him not become spare you. uncircumcised. Is any called 29 But this I say, brethren, in uncircumcision ? let him not The time is short. It remaineth, be circumcised

that both they that have wives, 19 Circumcision is nothing, be as though they had none; and uncircumcision is nothing, 30 And they that weep, as but the keeping of the com- though they wept not; and they mandments of God.

that rejoice, as though they re20 Let every man abide in joiced not; and they that buy, the same calling wherein he was as though they possessed not; called.

31 And they that use this 21 Art thou called being a world, as not abusing it. For servant ? care not for it; but if the fashion of this world passeth thou mayest be made free, use away. it rather.

32 But I would have you 22 For he that is called in without carefulness. He that is the Lord, being a servant, is the unmarried, careth for the things Lord's freeman: likewise also that belong to the Lord, how he that is called, being free, is he may please the Lord : . Christ's servant.

33 But he that is married, 23 Ye are bought with a price; careth for the things that are be not ye the servants of men. of the world, how he may please 24 Brethren, let every man, his wife.

the marriage of virgins. CHAP. VIII. Concerning offerings to idols. 34 There is difference also

CHAP. VIII. between a wife and a virgin. Of eating meats offered to idols. The unmarried woman careth N OW, as touching things offor the things of the Lord, that I fered unto idols, we know she may be holy, both in body that we all have knowledge. and in spirit: but she that is Knowledge puffeth up, but chamarried, careth for the sthingsrity edifieth. of the world, how she may please 2 And if any man think that her husband.

he knoweth any thing, he know35 And this I speak for your eth nothing yet as he ought to own profit; not that I may cast know. a snare upon you, but for that 3 But if any man love God, which is comely, and that ye the same is known of him. may attend upon the Lord with 4 As concerning therefore the out distraction.

eating of those things that are 36 But if any man think that offered in sacrifice unto idols, he behaveth himself uncomely we know that an idol is nothing toward his virgin, if she pass in the world, and that there is the flower of her age, and need none other God but one. so require, let him do what he 5 For though there be that will, he sinneth not: let them are called gods, whether in marry.

heaven or in earth, (as there be 37 Nevertheless, he that gods many, and lords many ;) standeth steadfast in his heart, 6 But to us there is but one having no necessity, but hath God, the Father, of whom are power over his own will, and all things, and we in him; and hath so decreed in his heart one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom that he will keep his virgin, are all things, and we by him. doeth well.

17 Howbeit, there is not in 38 So then he that giveth her every man that knowledge : for in marriage doeth well; but he some with conscience of the that giveth her not in marriage idol unto this hour eat it as a doeth better.

thing offered unto an idol: and 39 The wife is bound by the their conscience, being weak, law as long as her husband is defiled. liveth ; but if her husband be 8 But meat commendeth us dead, she is at liberty to be not to God : for neither if we married to whom she will; only eat are we the better; neither in the Lord.

if we eat not, are we the worse. 40 But she is happier if she 9 But take heed lest by any so abide, after, my judgment: means this liberty of yours beand I think also that I have the come a stumbling-block to them Spirit of God.

that are weak.

To aroid giting offence. I. CORINTHIANS, Paul's Christian liberty, ord

10 For if any man see thee. eateth not of the fruit thereof? which hast knowledge, sit at'or who feedeth a flock, and eatmeat in the idol's temple, shall, eth not of the milk of the flock? not the conscience of him which 8 Say | these things as a is weak be emboldened to eat man? or saith not the law the those things which are offered same also ? to idols;

19 For it is written in the law 11 And through thy know- of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle ledge shall the weak brother the mouth of the ox that treadperish, for whom Christ died ? eth out the corn. Doth God

12 But when ye sin so against take care for oxen ? the brethren, and wound their 19 Or saith be it altogether weak conscience, ye sin against for our sakes? For our sakes, Christ.

no doubt, this is written: that 13 Wherefore, if meat make he that plougheth should plough my brother to offend, I will eat in hope; and that he that no flesh while the world stand-thresheth in hope should be eth, lest I make my brother to partaker of his hope. offend.

11 If we have sown unto you CHAP. IX.

spiritual things, is it a great Of ministers' support. thing if we shall reap your carM I not an apostle ? am I nal things? A not free ? have I not seen 12 If others be partakers of Jesus Christ our Lord ? are not this power over you, are not we ye my work in the Lord ? rather? Nevertheless we have

2 if I be not an apostle unto not used this power: but suffer others, yet doubtless I am to all things, lest we should hinder you : for the seal of mine apos-the gospel of Christ. tleship are ye in the Lord. 13 Do ye not know that

3 Mine answer to them that they which minister about holy do examine me is this;

things live of the things of the 4 Have we not power to eat temple, and they which wait at and to drink?

the altar are partakers with the 5 Have we not power to lead altar? about a sister, a wife, as well as 14 Even so hath the Lord orother apostles, and as the breth- dained that they which preach ren of the Lord, and Cephas ? the gospel should live of the

6 Or I only and Barnabas, gospel. have not we power to forbear15 But I have used none of working ?

these things : neither have I 7 Who goeth a warfare at written these things, that it any time at his own charges ? should be so done unto me: for who planteth a vineyard, and it were better for me to die, than

self-denial for the gospel's sake. CHAP. X.

The Christian life a race.

glorying void.

run, that ye may obtain. 16 For though I preach the 25 And every man that strigospel, I have nothing to glory veth for the mastery is temperate of: for necessity is laid upon in all things. Now they do it

preach not the gospel ! but'we an incorruptible.

17 For if I do this thing wil. 26 I therefore so run, not as lingly, I have a reward: but if uncertainly; so fight I, not as against my will, a dispensation one that beateth the air: of the gospel is committed unto 27 But I keep under my body, me.

and bring it into subjection : 18 What is my reward then? Iest that by any means when I Verily that, when I preach the have preached to others, I mygospel, I may make the gospel self should be a cast-away. of Christ without charge, that

CHAP. X. I abuse not my power in the Of the Jews' sacraments. gospel. .

19 For though I be free from UI would not that ye should all men, yet have I made myself be ignorant how that all our servant unto all, that I might fathers were under the cloud, gain the more.

and all passed through the sea; 20 And unto the Jews I be- 2 And were all baptized unto came as a Jew, that I might Moses in the cloud and in the gain the Jews; to them that are sea; under the law, as under the 3 And did all eat the same law, that I might gain them that spiritual meat; are under the law;

4 And did all drink the same 21 To them that are without spiritual drink: (For they drank law, as without law, (being not of that spiritual Rock that folwithout law to God, but under lowed them; and that Rock was the law to Christ,) that I might Christ.) gain them that are without law. 5 But with many of them

22 To the weak became l as God was not well pleased : for weak, that I might gain the they were overthrown in the weak: I am made all things to wilderness. all men, that I might by all 6 Now these things were our means save some.

examples, to the intent we 23 And this I do for the gos- should not lust after evil things, pel's sake, that I may be par- as they also lusted. taker thereof with you. 17 Neither be ye idolaters, as

24 Know ye not, that they were some of them: as it is which run in a race, run all, but written, The people sat down Christians inust

1. CORINTHIANS, flee from idolatry. to eat and drink, and rose up flesh: are not they which eat of to play.

the sacrifices, partakers of the 8 Neither let us commit for-altar? nication, as some of them com- 19 What say I then? that the mitted, and fell in one day three idol is any thing, or that which and twenty thousand.

is offered in sacrifice to idols is •9 Neither let us tempt Christ, any thing? as some of them also tempted, 20 But I say, that the things and were destroyed of serpents. which the Gentiles sacrifice,

10 Neither murmur ye, as they sacrifice to devils, and not some of them also murmured, to God: and I would not that and were destroyed of the de- ye should have fellowship with stroyer.

devils. 11 Now all these things hap- 21 Ye cannot drink the cup pened unto them for ensamples : of the Lord, and the cup of and they are written for our ad-devils : ye cannot be partakers monition, upon whom the ends of the Lord's table, and of the of the world are come.

table of devils. 12 Wherefore let him that 22 Do we provoke the Lord thinketh he standeth, take heed to jealousy? are we stronger lest he fall.

than he ? 13 There hath no temptation 23 All things are lawful for taken you but such as is com- me, but all things are not expemon to man: but God is faithful, dient: all things are lawful for who will not suffer you to be me, but all things edify not. tempted above that ye are able; 24 Let no man seek his own, but will with the temptation but every man another's wealth. also make a way to escape, that 25 Whatsoever is sold in the ye may be able to bear it. shambles, that eat, asking no

14 Wherefore, my dearly be- question for conscience sake: loved, flee from idolatry. I 26 For the earth is the Lord's,

15 I speak as to wise men; and the fulness thereof. judge ye what I say.

27 If any of them that believe 16 The cup of blessing which not bid you to a feast, and ye be we bless, is it not the commu- disposed to go; whatsoever is nion of the blood of Christ ? set before you, eat, asking no The bread which we break, is question for conscience sake. it not the communion of the 28 But if any man say unto body of Christ ?

you, This is offered in sacrifice 17 For we being many are one unto idols, eat not for his sake bread, and one body: for we are that shewed it, and for conall partakers of that one bread. science' sake: for the earth is the 18 Behold Israel after the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:

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