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1 Corinthians 7:11

    1 Corinthians 7:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    (but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    (Or if she goes away from him, let her keep unmarried, or be united to her husband again); and that the husband may not go away from his wife.

    Webster's Revision

    (but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.

    World English Bible

    (but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband not leave his wife.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    (but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband); and that the husband leave not his wife.

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 7:11

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:11

    But, and if she depart - He puts the case as probable, because it was frequent, but lays it under restrictions.

    Let her remain unmarried - She departs at her own peril; but she must not marry another: she must either continue unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband.

    And let not the husband put away his wife - Divorces cannot be allowed but in the case of fornication: an act of this kind dissolves the marriage vow; but nothing else can. It is a fact that, among the Jews, the wife had just as much right to put away her husband as the husband had to put away his wife. As divorces were granted, it was right that each should have an equal power; for this served as a mutual check.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:11

    But and if she depart - If she have withdrawn by a rash and foolish act; if she has attempted to dissolve the marriage vow, she is to remain unmarried, or be reconciled. She is not at liberty to marry another. This may refer, I suppose, to instances where wives, ignorant of the rule of Christ, and supposing that they had a right to separate themselves from their husbands, had rashly left them, and had supposed that the marriage contract was dissolved. Paul tells them that this was impossible; and that if they had so separated from their husbands, the pure laws of Christianity, did not recognize this right, and they must either be reconciled to their husbands, or remain alone. The marriage tie was so sacred that it could not be dissolved by the will of either party.

    Let her remain unmarried - That is, let her not marry another.

    Or be reconciled to her husband - Let this be done, if possible. If it cannot be, let her remain unmarried. It was a duty to be reconciled if it was possible. If not, she should not violate her vows to her husband so far as to marry another. It is evident that this rule is still binding, and that no one who has separated from her husband, whatever be the cause, unless there be a regular divorce, according to the law of Christ Matthew 5:32, can be at liberty to marry again.

    And let not the husband - See the note at Matthew 5:32. This right, granted under the Jewish law, and practiced among all the pagan, was to be taken away wholly under the gospel. The marriage tie was to be regarded as sacred; and the tyranny of man over woman was to cease.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:11

    7:11 But if she depart - Contrary to this express prohibition. And let not the husband put away his wife - Except for the cause of adultery.