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10 To the married I give this command—not I, but the Lord[a]—a wife should not divorce a husband 11 (but if she does, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband), and a husband should not divorce his wife.

12 To the rest I say—I, not the Lord[b]—if a brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is happy to live with him, he should not divorce her.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:10 sn Not I, but the Lord. Here and in v. 12 Paul distinguishes between his own apostolic instruction and Jesus’ teaching during his earthly ministry. In vv. 10-11, Paul reports the Lord’s own teaching about divorce (cf. Mark 10:5-12).
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:12 sn I, not the Lord. Here and in v. 10 Paul distinguishes between his own apostolic instruction and Jesus’ teaching during his earthly ministry. In vv. 12-16, Paul deals with a situation about which the Lord gave no instruction in his earthly ministry.

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