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1 Corinthians 7

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Bible part  New Testament
Category  Pauline epistles
Order in the Bible part  7
1 Corinthians 7

Book  First Epistle to the Corinthians

1 Corinthians 7 is the seventh chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle and Sosthenes in Ephesus.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Papyrus 15 (3rd century; extant: verses 18-40).
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (ca. AD 450; extant: verses 1-17)
  • Papyrus 11 (7th century; extant: verses 3-6, 10-11,12-14)
  • This chapter is divided into 40 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped:

  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-9 = Principles of Marriage
  • 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 = Keep Your Marriage Vows
  • 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 = Live as You Are Called
  • 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 = To the Unmarried and Widows
  • Verse 6

    New King James Version

    But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.
  • But I say this as a concession (KJV: But I speak this by permission)
  • Referring either to what Paul had said before, though not to all; not to (1 Corinthians 7:2) that for the avoiding of fornication, every man should make use of his own wife, and every woman of her own husband; since this is not by permission, but by command, (Genesis 2:24) that carnal copulation should be between one man and one woman in a married state; nor to (1 Corinthians 7:3; 1 Corinthians 7:4) for that married persons ought to render due benevolence to, and not defraud each other, having a power over each other's bodies, is a precept, and not a permission, (Exodus 21:10) but to (1 Corinthians 7:5) their parting for a time, and coming together again: it is not an absolute command of God that they should separate for a time, on account of fasting and prayer, but if they thought fit to do so by agreement, they might; nor was there any positive precept for their coming together again directly, after such service was over. The apostle said this,

  • not as a commandment
  • but, consulting their good, gives this advice, lest Satan should be busy with them, and draw them into sin; but if they had the gift of continence, they might continue apart longer; there was no precise time fixed by God, nor did the apostle pretend to fix any: or it may refer to what follows after, that he would have all men be as he was; though he laid no injunction, but left them to their liberty; unless it can be thought to regard marriage in general, and to be said in opposition to a Jewish notion, which makes marriage, a "command";

    a man, they say, is bound to this command at seventeen years of age, and if he passes twenty and does not marry, he transgresses, and makes void an affirmative precept;

    but the apostle puts it as a matter of choice, and not of obligation.

    Verse 11

    But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife
  • "depart"
  • If the sin of separation has been committed, a new marriage is not to be added (Matthew 5:32).


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