1 CORINTHIANS - Chapter 7
Lessons relating to marriage and celibacy. Virginity is preferable to a married state.
1 Now concerning the thing whereof you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman:
2 But because of fornication let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 *Let the husband render the debt to his wife: and the wife also in like manner to the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body; but the husband. And in like manner the husband also hath not power of his own body; but the wife.
5 Defraud not one another, unless, perhaps, by consent, for a time, that you may give yourselves to prayer: and return together again, lest Satan tempt you for your incontinency.
6 But I speak this by indulgence, not by commandment.
7 For I would that all men were even as myself: but every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that.
8 But I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: it is good for them if they so continue, even as I.
9 But if they do not contain themselves, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
Ver. 2. &c. But because of fornication, let every man have, and live with his own wife, and not leave her, nor dismiss her. Take notice, that St. Paul speaks these words to those that are already married, and speaks not of the unmarried till the 8th verse. He does not then here exhort every one to marry, but admonishes married persons to live together, and not to refuse the marriage duty, which neither the husband nor the wife can do without mutual consent, because of the marriage engagement. Yet he advises them to abstain sometimes from what they may lawfully do, that they may give themselves to prayer, and as it is added in the common Greek copies, to fasting. St. Chrysostom observes, that the words of St. Paul, are not only, that they may pray, (which no day must be omitted) but that they may give themselves to prayer, that is, may be better disposed and prepared for prayer, contemplation, and for receiving the holy Sacrament, as we find the priests even of the ancient law, were to abstain from their wives, when they were employed in the functions of their ministry. But such kind of advice is not relished by all that pretend to be reformers. And return together again....yet I speak this by way of indulgence, of what is allowed to married persons, and not commanded them, unless when one of the married couple is not willing to abstain. (Witham)
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