1 Corinthians 7

NOW concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

The 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.

Defraud 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.

But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

For 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.

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:

11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

12 But 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.

13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

14 For 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.

15 But 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.

16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

17 But 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.

18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.

19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

22 For 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.

23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

25 Now 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.

26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.

28 But 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.

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

30 And 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;

31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

32 But 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:

33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

34 There 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.

35 And 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.

36 But 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.

37 Nevertheless 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.

38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

39 The 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.

40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

Psalm 105

Morning or Evening

Confitemini Domino

O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his Name : tell the people what things he hath done.
2. O let your songs be of him, and praise him : and let your talking be of all his wondrous works.
3. Rejoice in his holy Name : let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
4. Seek the Lord and his strength : seek his face evermore.
5. Remember the marvellous works that he hath done : his wonders, and the judgements of his mouth.
6. O ye seed of Abraham his servant : ye children of Jacob his chosen.
7. He is the Lord our God : his judgements are in all the world.
8. He hath been alway mindful of his covenant and promise : that he made to a thousand generations;
9. Even the covenant that he made with Abraham : and the oath that he sware unto Isaac;
10. And appointed the same unto Jacob for a law : and to Israel for an everlasting testament;
11. Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan : the lot of your inheritance;
12. When there were yet but a few of them : and they strangers in the land;
13. What time as they went from one nation to another : from one kingdom to another people;
14. He suffered no man to do them wrong : but reproved even kings for their sakes;
15. Touch not mine Anointed : and do my prophets no harm.
16. Moreover, he called for a dearth upon the land : and destroyed all the provision of bread.
17. But he had sent a man before them : even Joseph, who was sold to be a bond-servant;
18. Whose feet they hurt in the stocks : the iron entered into his soul;
19. Until the time came that his cause was known : the word of the Lord tried him.
20. The king sent, and delivered him : the prince of the people let him go free.
21. He made him lord also of his house : and ruler of all his substance;
22. That he might inform his princes after his will : and teach his senators wisdom.
23. Israel also came into Egypt : and Jacob was a stranger in the land of Ham.
24. And he increased his people exceedingly : and made them stronger than their enemies;
25. Whose heart turned, so that they hated his people : and dealt untruly with his servants.
26. Then sent he Moses his servant : and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27. And these shewed his tokens among them : and wonders in the land of Ham.
28. He sent darkness, and it was dark : and they were not obedient unto his word.
29. He turned their waters into blood : and slew their fish.
30. Their land brought forth frogs : yea, even in their kings’ chambers.
31. He spake the word, and there came all manner of flies : and lice in all their quarters.
32. He gave them hail-stones for rain : and flames of fire in their land.
33. He smote their vines also and fig-trees : and destroyed the trees that were in their coasts.
34. He spake the word, and the grasshoppers came, and caterpillars innumerable : and did eat up all the grass in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
35. He smote all the first-born in their land : even the chief of all their strength.
36. He brought them forth also with silver and gold : there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
37. Egypt was glad at their departing : for they were afraid of them.
38. He spread out a cloud to be a covering : and fire to give light in the night-season.
39. At their desire he brought quails : and he filled them with the bread of heaven.
40. He opened the rock of stone, and the waters flowed out : so that rivers ran in the dry places.
41. For why? he remembered his holy promise : and Abraham his servant.
42. And he brought forth his people with joy: and his chosen with gladness;
43. And gave them the lands of the heathen : and they took the labours of the people in possession;
44. That they might keep his statutes : and observe his laws.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
   As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.