King James Version

1 Corinthians 7:1-40

1Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5Defraud 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. 6But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

8I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 10And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 12But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 17But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

25Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 36But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. 37Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. 38So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. 39The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Korintofo 7:1-40

Aware Ho Afotusɛm

1Afei, nea ɛfa nsɛm a mokyerɛw de brɛɛ me no ho ni: Eye sɛ ɔbarima nware. 2Nanso esiane aguamammɔ nti ɛsɛ sɛ ɔbarima biara nya ɔno ankasa ne yere, na ɔbea biara nso nya ɔno ankasa ne kunu. 3Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔbarima yɛ nʼasɛde sɛ okunu na ɔbea nso yɛ nʼasɛde sɛ ɔyere na wɔn mu biara boa ne yɔnko. 4Ɔyere nipadua no nyɛ ɔno nko ara dea, na ɛyɛ okunu no nso de bi. Saa ara na okunu no nso nipadua no nyɛ ɔno nko ara dea, na mmom ɛyɛ ɔyere no nso de bi. 5Mommfa mo ho nkame mo ho mo ho. Gye sɛ mo nyinaa pene so bere tiaa bi a morebɔ mpae; na sɛ muwie mpaebɔ no a munhyia mu na ɔbonsam ansɔ mo anhwɛ, efisɛ, muntumi nni mo ho so. 6Menka saa asɛm yi sɛ ɔhyɛ so, na mmom mereka no sɛ mama mo ho kwan. 7Ɛkaa me nko a na anka mo nyinaa te sɛ me. Nanso obiara wɔ ɔdom akyɛde sononko bi a Onyankopɔn de ama no. Oyi wɔ nʼakyɛde na ɔfoforo nso wɔ nʼakyɛde.

8Afei asɛm a mereka akyerɛ asigyafo ne akunafo ne sɛ: Eye sɛ mo nko ara mobɛtena ase sɛnea mete hɔ yi. 9Na sɛ morentumi nhyɛ mo ho so nso a monkɔwareware. Eye sɛ mobɛware sen sɛ mobɛhyɛ mo ho ahometew.

10Mo awarefo nso, mewɔ ɔhyɛ nsɛm bi a emfi me na efi Awurade nkyɛn se: Ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔbea gyaa ne kunu. 11Sɛ ɛba saa a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔware bio; anaasɛ nso wɔka ɔne ne kunu bo mu. Saa ara na ɛnsɛ sɛ okunu nso gyaa ne yere.

12Mo a moaka no meka kyerɛ mo, efi mʼankasa na emfi Awurade, sɛ Okristoni barima wɔ yere a ɔnyɛ Okristoni na ɔbea no pene so sɛ ɔne no bɛtena ase a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔbarima no gyaa no. 13Saa ara nso na sɛ Okristoni bea wɔ okunu a ɔnyɛ Okristoni na ɔbarima no pene so sɛ ɔne no bɛtena a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔbea no gyaa no. 14Esiane bɔ a ɔbarima a ɔnyɛ Okristoni de ne ho abɔ ɔbea no nti, Onyankopɔn begye no na ɔbea a ɔnyɛ Okristoni no nso, esiane bɔ a ɔde ne ho abɔ ɔbarima no nti, Onyankopɔn bɛtew ne ho. Sɛ anyɛ saa a, wɔn mma bɛyɛ sɛ abosonsomfo mma nanso sɛnea ɛte yi de, wɔbɛyɛ kronkron.

15Na sɛ nso wɔn mu nea ɔnyɛ Okristoni no pɛ sɛ ɔtew ne ho fi Okristoni no ho a, momma no kwan. Sɛ ɛba saa a, Okristoni no, sɛ ɛyɛ okunu anaa ɔyere no, de ne ho. Onyankopɔn afrɛ mo sɛ montena ase asomdwoe mu. 16Ɔyere a woyɛ Okristoni, ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na woahu sɛ worentumi nnye wo kunu nkwa? Na okunu a woyɛ Okristoni nso, ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na woahu sɛ worentumi nnye wo yere nkwa?

17Mo mu biara ntena ase wɔ tebea a Awurade de ama no no, sɛnea na ɔte a Onyankopɔn frɛɛ no no mu. Eyi ne mmara a mekyerɛ wɔ asafo biara mu. 18Sɛ twetiatwani bi ate Onyankopɔn frɛ a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔpepa twetia no ho nsɛnkyerɛnne biara. Sɛ ɔbarima nso a ontwaa twetia bi ate Onyankopɔn frɛ a, ɛnsɛ sɛ otwa twetia. 19Efisɛ sɛ obi atwa twetia na ɔfoforo nso ntwaa twetia no nka hwee. Nea ɛho hia ne sɛ wubedi Onyankopɔn mmara so. 20Sɛnea obiara te a Onyankopɔn frɛɛ no no, ɔntena mu saa ara.

21Onyankopɔn frɛɛ wo no na woyɛ akoa ana? Mma ɛno nhaw wo na sɛ wowɔ ɔkwan bi a wubetumi afa so ade wo ho a, fa so. 22Efisɛ akoa a Awurade afrɛ no no yɛ Awurade nipa a ɔde ne ho. Saa ara nso na obi a ɔde ne ho a Kristo afrɛ no no yɛ Kristo akoa. 23Onyankopɔn tɔɔ mo aboɔden, ɛno nti monnyɛ nkoa mma nnipa. 24Anuanom, ɛsɛ sɛ mo mu biara tena ase wɔ Onyankopɔn mu sɛnea na mote ansa na wɔrefrɛ mo no.

25Nea ɛfa asigyafo ho nso no ni: Minnyaa ɔhyɛ nsɛm biara mfii Awurade nkyɛn, nanso meka mʼadwene te sɛ obi a Onyankopɔn mmɔborɔhunu nti wɔagye me ato mu. 26Wudwen mprempren ɔhaw yi ho a, misusuw sɛ eye sɛ onipa tena ase sɛnea ɔte biara. 27Wowɔ ɔyere? Sɛ wowɔ ɔyere a, nyɛ wʼadwene sɛ woregyaa no. Wonwaree ana? Sɛ wonwaree a nhwehwɛ ɔyere. 28Nanso sɛ woware a wonyɛɛ bɔne ɛ. Sɛ ɔbabun ware a ɔnyɛɛ bɔne ɛ. Nanso esiane ɔhaw a saa aware no de ba nti, na anka mepɛ sɛ mobɛkwati saa ɔhaw no.

29Nea mekyerɛ ne sɛ, anuanom, bere a aka no sua. Efi saa bere yi ɛsɛ sɛ mmarima a wɔawareware tena ase sɛnea wɔnwaree da; 30wɔn a wosu yɛ sɛnea wɔn werɛ nhowee; wɔn a wɔserew yɛ sɛnea wonni anigye; wɔn a wɔtɔ yɛ sɛnea nea wɔtɔe no nyɛ wɔn de; 31wɔn a wɔde wiase abɔ wɔn bo yɛ sɛnea wonhuu bi da. Na sɛnea wiase yi te mprempren yi renyɛ saa nkyɛ.

32Mempɛ sɛ biribiara haw mo. Ɔbarima a ɔnwaree no, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔde ne ho ma Awurade adwumayɛ; efisɛ ɔbɔ mmɔden sɛ Awurade ani bɛsɔ no; 33nanso ɔbarima warefo de ne ho to wiase nneɛma so, efisɛ ɔpɛ sɛ ɔsɔ ne yere ani, 34enti wɔtwe no afanu no nyinaa. Ɔbea a ɔnwaree anaa ɔbabun de ne ho ma Awurade adwuma wɔ ɔhonam ne honhom fam; nanso ɔbea a waware no de ne ho to wiase nneɛma so, efisɛ ɔpɛ sɛ ɔsɔ ne kunu ani. 35Mereka saa asɛm yi, efisɛ mepɛ sɛ meboa mo. Merenhyehyɛ mmara bi mma mo. Na mmom mepɛ sɛ moyɛ nea eye na ɛteɛ na mode mo ho nyinaa ma Awurade adwuma.

36Sɛ ɛhaw ɔbarima bi a ɔne ɔbea ahyehyɛ aware sɛ ontumi nyɛ nʼasɛde, na sɛ ɔbarima no ntumi nhyɛ nʼakɔnnɔ so nti ɔpɛ sɛ ɔware a, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔware sɛnea ɔhwehwɛ no. Bɔne biara nni eyi ho. 37Nanso eye mmom sɛ ɔbɛhyɛ ne ho so na wasi nʼadwene pi sɛ ɔrenware. 38Eye sɛ ɔbarima ware de, nanso sɛ anka wanware koraa a na eye.

39Sɛ ɔbea warefo kunu te ase a, ɔnne ne ho; na sɛ ne kunu no wu de a, ɔwɔ ho kwan sɛ ɔware ɔfoforo a ɔpɛ; nanso ɛsɛ sɛ ɛyɛ Kristo aware. 40Na sɛ otumi tena ase sɛnea ɔte no nso a, ne ho bɛtɔ no yiye. Mʼadwene ni, na migye di sɛ me nso mewɔ Onyame Honhom.