passage: 1Cor 6:20-7:12
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's.
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. And unto the married I command, yet not
I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if
she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband:
and let not the husband put away his wife. 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.
passage: Matt 14:1-14:13
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said
unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the
dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison
for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. For John said unto him,
It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to
death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced
before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to
give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed
of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them
which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he
sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in
a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went
and told Jesus. When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship
into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof,
they followed him on foot out of the cities.
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