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.
1Tsopano pa zinthu zomwe munandilembera nʼkwabwino kuti munthu asakwatire. 2Koma chifukwa choti chigololo chawanda, mwamuna aliyense akhale naye mkazi wakewake ndipo mkazi aliyense akhale naye mwamuna wakewake. 3Mwamuna akwaniritse udindo wake wa pa banja kwa mkazi wake, ndipo chimodzimodzi mkazi kwa mwamuna wake. 4Thupi la mkazi wokwatiwa si la iye mwini yekha koma ndi la mwamuna wakenso. Momwemonso, thupi la mwamuna si la iye mwini yekha koma ndi la mkazi wakenso. 5Musamakanizane, pokhapokha mutagwirizana awiri kuti mwakanthawi mudzipereke kumapemphero. Kenaka mukhalirenso pamodzi kuopa kuti Satana angakuyeseni chifukwa cholephera kudziretsa. 6Ndikunena zimenezi mokulolani chabe osati mokulamulani. 7Ine ndikanakonda anthu akanakhala ngati ine. Koma poti munthu aliyense ali ndi mphatso yakeyake yochokera kwa Mulungu, wina mphatso yake, wina yakenso.
8Tsono kwa osakwatira onse, ndi akazi amasiye ndikuti, ndi bwino kwa iwo kukhala osakwatira monga mmene ndilili inemu. 9Koma ngati sangathe kudziretsa, akwatire, popeza ndi bwino kukwatira kusiyana ndi kudzizunza ndi chilakolako.
10Kwa amene ali pa banja ndikupatsani lamulo ili (osati langa koma la Ambuye): Mkazi asalekane ndi mwamuna wake. 11Koma ngati atatero, asakwatiwenso, apo ayi, abwerere kwa mwamuna wakeyo. Ndipo mwamuna asaleke mkazi wake.
12Kwa ena onse ndikunena izi (ineyo osati Ambuye); ngati mʼbale wina ali ndi mkazi wosakhulupirira ndipo mkaziyo walola kukhala pa banja ndi mʼbaleyo, ameneyo asamuleke. 13Ngati mayi wina ali ndi mwamuna wosakhulupirira ndipo mwamunayo walola kukhala pa banja ndi mayiyo, ameneyo asamuleke. 14Pakuti mwamuna wosakhulupirirayo amayeretsedwa chifukwa cha mkazi wakeyo, ndipo mkazi wosakhulupirira amayeretsedwa chifukwa cha mwamuna wokhulupirirayo. Kupanda apo ana anu akanakhala odetsedwa, koma mmene zililimu ndi oyeretsedwa.
15Koma ngati wosakhulupirira achoka, mulekeni achoke. Zikatero ndiye kuti mwamuna kapena mkazi wokhulupirirayo sali womangikanso. Mulungu anatiyitana kuti tikhale mu mtendere. 16Kodi iwe, mkazi, ungadziwe bwanji kuti mwina nʼkupulumutsa mwamuna wako? Kapena iwe, mwamuna, ungadziwe bwanji kuti mwina nʼkupulumutsa mkazi wako?
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17Koma aliyense akhale moyo umene Ambuye anamupatsa, umene Mulungu anamuyitanira. Ili ndiye lamulo limene ndalikhazikitsa mʼmipingo yonse. 18Ngati pamene munthu amayitanidwa anali atachita mdulidwe, asavutike nʼkubisa za mdulidwe wakewo. Ngatinso pamene munthu amayitanidwa nʼkuti asanachite mdulidwe, asachite mdulidwe. 19Mdulidwe si kanthu, kusachita mdulidwe si kanthunso. Chofunika nʼkusunga malamulo a Mulungu. 20Aliyense akhale monga analili pamene Mulungu anamuyitana.
21Kodi munali kapolo pamene Mulungu anakuyitanani? Musavutike nazo zimenezi. Koma ngati mutapeza mwayi woti mulandire ufulu, ugwiritseni ntchito mwayiwo. 22Pakuti amene anali kapolo pamene amayitanidwa ndi Ambuye, ndi mfulu wa Ambuye; chimodzimodzinso amene anali mfulu pamene anayitanidwa, ndi kapolo wa Khristu. 23Munagulidwa ndi mtengowapatali, choncho musakhalenso akapolo a anthu. 24Abale, aliyense angokhala pamaso pa Mulungu monga momwe analili pamene Mulungu anamuyitana.
25Tsopano za anamwali: Ine ndilibe lamulo lochokera kwa Ambuye, koma ndipereka maganizo anga monga ngati munthu amene mwachifundo cha Ambuye ndine wodalirika. 26Chifukwa cha masautso a masiku ano, ndikuganiza kuti nʼkwabwino kuti munthu akhale monga mmene alili. 27Kodi ndinu wokwatira? Musalekane. Kodi ndinu wosakwatira? Musafunefune mkazi. 28Komabe ngati mukwatira simunachimwe; ndipo ngati namwali akwatiwa sanachimwenso. Koma amene walowa mʼbanja adzakumana ndi zovuta zambiri mʼmoyo uno, ndipo sindikufuna kuti inu mukumane ndi zovutazi.
29Abale, chimene ndikutanthauza nʼchakuti nthawi yatha. Kuyambira tsopano anthu okwatira akhale ngati sanakwatire. 30Amene akulira akhale monga ngati sakulira. Amene akukondwa akhale ngati sakukondwa. Amene akugula zinthu akhale ngati alibe zinthuzo. 31Amene akugwiritsa ntchito zinthu za dziko lapansi lino, akhale ngati sizikuwakhudza. Pakuti dziko lapansi lino mmene lilirimu, likupita.
32Ine ndikufuna kuti mumasuke ku nkhawa zanu. Munthu wosakwatira amangolabadira za Ambuye, mmene angakondweretsere Ambuyewo. 33Koma wa pa banja amalabadira za dziko lapansi lino, mmene angakondweretsere mkazi wake, 34ndipo chifukwa ichi amatanganidwa kwambiri. Mkazi wosakwatiwa kapena namwali, amalabadira za Ambuye. Cholinga chake ndi kudzipereka kwa Ambuye mʼthupi ndi mu uzimu momwe. Koma mkazi wokwatiwa amalabadira za dziko lapansi lino, mmene angakondweretsere mwamuna wake. 35Ndikunena izi kufuna kuthandiza inu nomwe osati kukupanikizani. Ine ndikufuna mukhale moyenera mosadzigawa pa kudzipereka kwanu kwa Ambuye.
36Ngati wina akuganiza kuti akumulakwira namwali yemwe anapalana naye ubwenzi, ndipo ngati chilakolako chake chikunka chikulirakulirabe, ndipo akuona kuti nʼkofunika kumukwatira, ayenera kuchita monga wafunira, kutero si kuchimwa ayi. 37Koma ngati wina motsimikiza mtima wake, popanda womukakamiza, koma akuchita mwa chifuniro chake, ndipo watsimikiza mtima kuti samukwatira namwaliyo, munthuyu akuchitanso chokhoza. 38Choncho amene akukwatira namwali amene ali naye pa ubwenzi, akuchita bwino, koma amene sangakwatire namwaliyo akuchita bwino koposa.
39Mkazi amamangika ndi lamulo la ukwati nthawi zonse pamene mwamuna wake ali ndi moyo. Koma mwamuna wake akamwalira, ali ndi ufulu kukwatiwa ndi wina aliyense amene akumufuna, koma mwamunayo akhale wa mwa Ambuye. 40Mʼmaganizo anga, mkaziyo adzakhala wokondwa koposa ngati atangokhala wosakwatiwa. Ndipo ndikuganiza kuti inenso ndili naye Mzimu wa Mulungu.