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Duties of the married state. 1. 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; but 25 | Now.concerning virgins now are they holy.

I have no commandment of the 15 But if the unbelieving de- Lord, yet I give my judgement, 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

16 For what knowest thou, distress; I say, that it is good O wife, whether thou shalt save for a 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 him walk. And so ordain I in a virgin marry, she hath not all churches.

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

1 31 And they that use this 21 Art thou called being a world, as not abusing it: for the servant? care not for it: but if 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 the Lord, being a servant, is the is unmarried careth for the Lord's freeman: likewise also things that belong to the Lord, hè that is called, being free, is how 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, I 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 NTOW 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 things of rity edifieth. 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. à snare upon you, but for that 3 But if any man love God, which is comely, and that you 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 the in the world, and that there is flower of her age, and need so none other God but one. require, let him do what he 5 For though there be that are will, he sinneth not: let them called gods, whether in heaven marry.

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

1 7 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 doeth better.

a thing offered unto an idol; 39 T The wife is bound by and their conscience being weak the 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, if in the Lord.

we eat not, are we the worse. 40 But she is happier if she 1 9 But take heed lest by any so abide, after my judgement: means this liberty of yours beand I think also that I have the come a stumbling-block to them Spirit of God.

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To avoid giving offence. 1 CORINTHIANS, Pauls christian liberty, and

10 For if any man see thee not of the fruit thereof? or who which hast knowledge sit at feedeth a flock, and eateth not meat in the idol's temple, shall of the milk of the flock? not the conscience of him which 8 Say I 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;

1 9 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 10 Or saith he it altogether weak conscience, ye sin against for our sakes? For our sakes, no Christ.

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

11 If we have sown unto CHAP. IX.

you spiritual things, is it 'a Of ministers' support. great thing if we should reap AM I not an apostle? am I your carnal 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 you 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 you: all things, lest we should hinder for the seal of mine apostleship the gospel of Christ. 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 other apostles, and as the bre-ordained, that they which preach thren of the Lord, and Cephas? the gospel should live of the

6 Or I only and Barnabas, gospel. have not we power to forbear 15 But I have used none of working?

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

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self-denial for the gospel's sake. CHAP. X. The christian life a race. than that any man should make one receiveth the prize? So run, my glorying void.

that ye may obtain. 16 For though I preach the 25 And every man that striygospel, I have nothing to glory eth for the mastery is temperate of: for necessity is laid upon me; in all things. Now they do it yea, woe is unto me if I preach to obtain a corruptible crown; not the gospel..

. | but we an incorruptible. 17 For if I do this thing will- | 26 I therefore so run, not as ingly, 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; lest 18 What is my reward then? | that by any means, when I have Verily that, when I preach the | preached to others, I myself gospel, I may make the gospel should be a cast-away. of Christ without charge; that

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

M OREOVER, brethren, I 19 For though I be free from I 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 I 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 should 23 And this I do for the not lust after evil things, as they gospel's sake, that I might be also lusted. partaker thereof with you. 1 7 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 must
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flee from idolatry. to eat and drink, and rose up | are not they which eat of the to play.

sacrifices partakers of the altar? 8. Neither let us commit 19 What say I then? that the fornication, as some of them idol is any thing? or that which committed, and fell in one day is offered in sacrifice to idols is three and twenty thousand. any thing?

9 Neither let us tempt Christ, 20 But I say, that the things as some of them also tempted, which the Gentiles sacrifice, and were destroyed of serpents. they sacrifice to devils, and not · 10 Neither murmur ye, as I to God: and I would not that some of them also murmured, ye should have fellowship with and were destroyed of the de- | devils. stroyer.

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of i Now all these things hap- the Lord, and the cup of devils: pened unto them for ensamples: ye cannot be partakers of the and they are written for our Lord's table, and of the table of admonition, upon whom the devils. ends of the world are come., 22 Do we provoke the Lord

12 Wherefore let him that to jealousy? are we stronger thinketh he standeth take heed than he? lest he fall..

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

14 Wherefore, my dearly 26 For the earth is the Lord's beloved, flee from idolatry. and the fulness thereof.

15 I speak as to wise men; 27 If any of them that bejudge ye what I say.

lieve not bid you to a feast, and 16 The cup of blessing which ye be disposed to go; whatsoever we bless, is it not the com- is set before you, eat, asking no munion of the blood of Christ? question for conscience sake. the bread which we break, is it 28 But if any man say unto not the communion of the body you, This is offered in sacrifice of Christ?

unto idols, eat not, for his sake 17 For we, being many, are that shewed it and for conscience one bread, and one body; for we sake: for the earth is the Lord's, are all partakers of that one bread. / and the fulness thereof:

18 Behold Israel after the flesh: 29 Conscience, I say, not

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