1Now, concerning the things which you wrote to me. It is proper for a husband not to have intimacy with his wife at times. 2Nevertheless, because of the danger of sexual temptation, let every man hold to his own wife, and let every woman hold to her own husband. 3Let the husband give to his wife the love which he owes her; and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4The wife has no authority over her own body, but her husband; and likewise also the husband has no authority over his own body, but his wife. 5Therefore, do not deprive one another except when both of you consent to do so, especially at the time when you devote yourselves to fasting and prayer; and then come together again, so that HaSatan may not tempt you because of your physical passion. 6But I say this only to weak persons, for it is not part of the Torah. 7For I would that all men were like myself in purity. But every man has his proper gift from Elohim, one after this manner, and another after that. 8I say this to those who have no wives, and to widows: it is better for them to be as I am; 9but if they cannot endure it, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10But those who have wives, I command (yet not I but Adonai), let not the wife be separated from her husband; 11but if she separates, let her remain single, or be reconciled to her husband; and let not the husband forsake his wife. 12But to the rest, I say this, not Adonai: if any brother has a wife who does not trust, and she wishes to live with him, let him not forsake her. 13And the woman who has a husband who does not trust, but is content to live with her, let her not forsake him. 14For the husband who does not trust is consecrated through the wife who trusts, and the wife who does not trust is consecrated through the husband who trusts; otherwise, their children would be impure, but in such cases they are pure. 15But if the one who does not trust wishes to separate, let him separate. In such cases, a man or woman who trusts is free; for Elohim has called us to live in shalom. 16For how do you know, O wife, whether you shall save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you shall save your wife?
17But every man, according as יהוה has distributed to him, and every man, as Elohim has called him, so let him walk. And this I command also for all the congregations. 18If a man was circumcised when he was called, let him not return to uncircumcision. And if he was uncircumcised when he was called, let him not be circumcised. 19For circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the Mitzvot of יהוה is everything. 20Let every man remain in the station of life in which he is called. 21If you were a servant when you were called, do not feel concerned about it; but even though you can be made free, choose rather to serve. 22For he who is called by Adoneinu, being a servant, is Elohim’s free man; likewise he who is called, being a free man is also the servant of Mashi’akh. 23You have been bought with a price; you must not therefore become servants of men. 24My brethren, let every man in whatever station of life he was called, remain therein, serving Elohim.
25Now concerning virginity, I have no command from Elohim; yet I give my advice as one who has been favored by Elohim to be trustworthy. 26And I suppose that this is good for the present necessity, therefore I say, it is better for a man to remain as he is. 27Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28But if you take a wife, you do not sin; and if a virgin marries, she does not sin. Nevertheless, such shall have trouble in the flesh; but I would spare you. 29But this I do say, my brethren: the time is short; let those who have wives be as though they had none; 30and those who weep, as though they had not wept; and those who rejoice, as though they had not rejoiced; and those who buy, as though they did not possess anything; 31and those who make use of this world should not abuse it, for the fashion of this world is passing away. 32Therefore, I would that you were free from worldly cares. For he who is unmarried is concerned in the things of his Adon, so as to please his Adon. 33And he who is married is concerned with worldly things, in order to please his wife. 34So there is a difference between a married woman and a virgin. She who is unmarried is concerned about the welfare of her Adon, and to be pure both in body and spirit; but she who is married is concerned with worldly things, in order to please her husband. 35I am saying this for your own benefit; I am not trying to snare or put a yoke on you, but I exhort you to be perfect before יהוה , and faithful, without distraction.
36If any man thinks that he is shamed by the behavior of his virgin daughter because she has passed the marriage age and he has not given her in marriage, and that he should give her, let him do what he will, and he does not sin. Let her be married. 37If he has sincerely decided and is not forced by circumstances, but has determined and decreed in his heart to keep his virgin daughter single, he does well. 38So then he who gives his virgin daughter in marriage does well; and he who does not give his virgin daughter in marriage does even better.
39A wife is bound by the Torah as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is free to marry whom she pleases, but only in Adoneinu. 40But, in my opinion, she is happier to remain as she is. And I think also Ru’akh HaElohim is in me.
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