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1 Corinthians 7:2

    1 Corinthians 7:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But because of the desires of the flesh, let every man have his wife, and every woman her husband.

    Webster's Revision

    But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

    World English Bible

    But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 7:2

    Fornication - Sexual immorality.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:2

    To avoid fornication - Δια τας πορνειας· verto, propter exercendam libidinem, vel ut libidinem licite exercere liceat. Probo hanc notionem ex Hebraeo, ibi זנה, zanah, est libidinem exercere, Hosea 4:10 : For they shall eat and not have enough; they shall commit whoredom, תזנו, libidinem exercebunt, and shall not increase. Here the prophet certainly does not speak of whoredom in our sense of the word; for the persons he mentions expected to have children, which cannot be said of those who are addicted to improper connections: the prophet speaks concerning married persons, whom he threatens with a privation of children, notwithstanding libidinem exercebant in order to have numerous families. See Schoettgen. The following verse shows that this is the apostle's meaning.

    Let every man have his own wife - Let every man have one woman, his own; and every woman one man, her own. Here, plurality of wives and husbands is most strictly forbidden; and they are commanded to marry for the purpose of procreating children.

    In the Jewish constitutions there are some things not only curious, but useful, respecting marriage. "There are four causes which induce men to marry:

    1. Impure desire;

    2. To get riches;

    3. To become honorable;

    4. For the glory of God.

    Those who marry through the first motive beget wicked and rebellious children. Those who marry for the sake of riches have the curse of leaving them to others. Those who marry for the sake of aggrandizing their family, their families shall be diminished. Those who marry to promote the glory of God, their children shall be holy, and by them shall the true Church be increased."

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:2

    Nevertheless - But (δὲ de). Though this is to be admitted as proper where it can be done, when a man has entire control of himself and his passions, and though in present circumstances it would be expedient, yet it may be proper also to enter into the marriage connection.

    To avoid fornication - Greek On account of διὰ dia fornication. The word fornication is used here in the large sense of licentiousness in general. For the sake of the purity of society, and to avoid the evils of sensual indulgence, and the corruptions and crimes which attend an illicit contact, it is proper that the married state should be entered. To this vice they were particularly exposed in Corinth. See the introduction. Paul would keep the church from scandal. How much evil, how much deep pollution, how many abominable crimes would have been avoided, which have since grown out of the monastic system, and the celibacy of the clergy among the papists, if Paul's advice had been followed by all professed Christians! Paul says that marriage is honorable, and that the relations of domestic life should be formed to avoid the evils which would otherwise result. The world is the witness of the evils which flow from the neglect of his advice. Every community where the marriage tie has been lax and feeble, or where it has been disregarded or dishonored, has been full of pollution, and it will always be. Society is pure and virtuous, just as marriage is deemed honorable, and as its vows are adhered to and preserved.

    Let every man ... - Let the marriage vow be honored by all.

    Have his own wife - And one wife to whom he shall be faithful. Polygamy is unlawful under the gospel; and divorce is unlawful. Let every man and woman, therefore, honor the institution of God, and avoid the evils of illicit indulgence.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:2

    7:2 Yet, when it is needful, in order to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife. His own - For Christianity allows no polygamy.