1 Corinthians 7

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Saint Paul the Apostle of Jesus the Christ.


Marriage debate

Controversy
Matrimony and marriage are social agreements or contracts. You can learn more about Marriage and the Permanency of marriage at these links. And then Jesus talks about Foolish virgins as a metaphor of those who remain separate from the world but do not seek the Kingdom of God in a timely fashion. They fail to sit down in a charitable daily ministration of the tens as commanded by Christ.
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The Marriage Debate
Paul is certainly talking about the relationship of natural Marriage. He is also talking about the faith in Christ and The Way should not divide a family.
He is also comparing that relationship on the level of the bride of Christ and the congregations.
When he speaks of "virgins" is he talking about foolish virgins? Does he shift the subject when he says "And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away." What does it mean to "use this world"?
Modern Christians use the world to provide most of their daily ministration through public welfare and men who call themselves Benefactors but exercise authority.
Staying a virgin and not signing up with the Temples like the Parthenos (a virgin) for your Public welfare allows you to be "at liberty" to seek the kingdom.
This is why Paul immediately goes into discussing eating things offered to idols in 1 Corinthians 8. The free bread offered by the Temples of Rome should not be prayed for by Christians, the believers.
Paul knows that to eat of their [welfare]] table is a snare[1] and a "wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead" which may be a reference to the fall of Rome and the Imperial Cult of Rome.
There is no evidence that either Christ nor Paul commanded celibacy but that was an invented doctrine of men who exercise authority to secure property, wealth, and power. 1 Corinthians 9:5
The word unmarried[2] in the Greek was agamos which includes widows and only appears four times in all of the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 7 verses 8, 11, 32, 34.
In verse 38 we see the word "better" translated from kreisson[3] which may merely mean there is an "advantage". The much more common word for better is kreitton.[4]
Why is Paul talking about being servants of men in a chapter about marriage?
Is he also talking about national adultery and fornication?
If the world can be a snare mentioned in verse 35 does that make us servants of men?
No one can be uncircumcised.
What does he means by uncircumcision?
Is Paul talking about becoming free from the system of the world that makes you a servant of men?
He says liberty comes when the husband is dead.
Is the husband a metaphor for the world being the "constitutional order" that makes merchandise and servants of men?


1 ¶ Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch[5] a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 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. 5 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. 6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7 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. 8 I say therefore to the unmarried[2] and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.


Depart vs Divorce

10 ¶ And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried[2], or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 12 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. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

Not Servants of men

17 ¶ But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

Use this World

25 ¶ Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried[2] careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried[2] woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

36 ¶ But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. 37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. 38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

39 ¶ The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.


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== Footnotes ==
  1. Psalms 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
    Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 22 ~ἄγαμος~ agamos \@ag’-am-os\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and 1062; ; adj AV-unmarried 4; 4
    1) unmarried, unwedded, single {#1Co 7:8,32} and even used of women {#1Co 7:11,34}
    • 1 Corinthians 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried <22> and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
    • 1 Corinthians 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried <22>, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
    • 1 Corinthians 7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried <22> careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
    • 1 Corinthians 7:34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman <22> careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
  3. 2908 ~κρεῖσσον~ kreisson \@krice’-son\@ neuter of an alternate form of 2909; ; adv AV-better 2; 2
    1) better, i.e. greater advantage
  4. 2909 ~κρείττων~ kreitton \@krite’-tohn\@ comparative of a derivative of 2904; ; adj AV-better 17, best 1; 18
    1) more useful, more serviceable, more advantageous
    2) more excellent
  5. 680 ~ἅπτομαι~ haptomai \@hap’-tom-ahee\@ reflexive of 681; ; v AV-touch 36; 36
    1) to fasten one’s self to, adhere to, cling to
    1a) to touch
    1b) of carnal intercourse with a women or cohabitation
    1c) of levitical practice of having no fellowship with heathen practices. Things not to be touched appear to be both women and certain kinds of food, so celibacy and abstinence of certain kinds of food and drink are recommended.
    1d) to touch, assail anyone


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