E. Concerning Keeping Virginity
25 Now concerning avirgins I have bno 1commandment of the Lord, but I give 1my copinion as one who has been shown dmercy by the Lord to be efaithful.
26 I consider then that this is good because of the 1present 2necessity, that it is agood for a man to be as he is.
27 Have you been bound to a wife? Do not seek a release. Have you been released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
28 But even if you do amarry, you have bnot sinned; and if the virgin marries, she has not sinned; but such ones will have affliction in the flesh, and I am trying to spare you.
29 But this I say, brothers, the time is 1ashortened. Henceforth both those who have wives should be as though they had none,
30 And those who weep as though they did not weep, and those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, and those who buy as though they did not possess,
31 And those who use the world as though they did not abuse it; for the fashion of this world is apassing away.
32 But I desire you to be without acare. The unmarried bcares for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
33 But he who has married acares for the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
34 And is 1distracted. Both the unmarried woman and the virgin care for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit; but she who has married acares for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35 But this I say for your own profit, not that I may 1put a noose upon you but that you may be comely and may wait on the Lord without adistraction.
36 But if anyone thinks that he is behaving unbecomingly to his virgin daughter, if she is past the bloom of youth and thus it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does anot sin; let them marry.
37 But he who stands firm in his heart, 1being under no constraint, and has authority with respect to his own will and has 2decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well.
38 So then both he who gives his own virgin daughter in amarriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better.