I'm with you. I know no one who reads it like that. Is this some new fangled (or old) English sentence structure?
In your opinion, but not in the opinion of the majority of believers who have studied this subject.
how about 1 Cor 7:15 ?
"But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases"
anyone try to unscramble scrambled eggs?
The liberty Paul speaks of in 1 Cor 7:15 is merely the liberty to be separated from the unbelieving spouse without feeling guilty because you are not with them and therefore not any longer making an effort to bring them to Christ. Once they leave, then there is nothing much more to do than accept their refusal, at least temporarily, to receive Christ. In 1 Cor 7:39 we see the woman is in fact bound from remarriage for as long as her husband is alive. Remarriage is adultery as Jesus emphasized 5 times and Paul twice.
Scrambled eggs huh?
Well it is not so dramatic. The couple who entered ignorantly into their second marriage while their first and lawful spouse is still alive merely need to have a pow-wow and humble themselves to admit to their grievous error and sin. In many cases this means identifying a pastor or multiple pastors who they became the victim of, by heeding their immature counsel. If children are involved, the situation can be explained to them but with more effect as they gain more maturity to understand and respect what Jesus taught. Arrangements should be made so the children can spend lots of quality time with both parents separately. But that marriage, the adultery, has to END. The state of living in the condemnation of being adulterers has to END.
It is the mercy of God when couples who had entered adultery by remarriage are able to come to grips with the reality of their situation and so graciously, in the fear of God, agree that they erred very grievously, and so agree to repent of the adultery and so end that unlawful marriage in God's eyes.
The love of God constrains those with understanding to warn those who are living in that state of condemnation.
The termination of that adultery is very possible. God gives grace to do what we in our own strength feel we are unable to do.
His grace is sufficient. Those in that situation can trust in that strength of grace to get them through what it takes to repent of such an adulterous situation. If they will but take the first step, God will hold your hand to the end. The relief of a good conscience, when it is all over, by itself, will be worth it.