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1 Corinthians 7:7

    1 Corinthians 7:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    It is my desire that all men might be even as I am. But every man has the power of his special way of life given him by God, one in this way and one in that.

    Webster's Revision

    Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.

    World English Bible

    Yet I wish that all men were like me. However each man has his own gift from God, one of this kind, and another of that kind.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:7

    For I would that all men, etc. - He wished that all that were then in the Church were, like him self, unmarried; but this was in reference to the necessities of the Church, or what he calls, 1 Corinthians 7:26, the present distress: for it never could be his wish that marriage should cease among men, and that human beings should no longer be propagated upon earth; nor could he wish that the Church of Christ should always be composed of single persons; this would have been equally absurd; but as the Church was then in straits and difficulties, it was much better for its single members not to encumber themselves with domestic embarrassments.

    Every man hath his proper gift of God - Continence is a state that cannot be acquired by human art or industry; a man has it from God, or not at all: and if he have it from God, he has it from him as the author of his nature; for where it does not exist naturally, it never can exist, but either by miraculous interference, which should never be expected, or by chirurgical operation, which is a shocking abomination in the sight of God. See the note on Matthew 19:12 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:7

    For I would ... - I would prefer.

    That all men ... - That Paul was unmarried is evident from 1 Corinthians 9:5. But he does not refer to this fact here. When he wishes that all people were like himself, he evidently does not intend that he would prefer that all should be unmarried, for this would be against the divine institution, and against his own precepts elsewhere. But he would be glad if all people had control over their passions and propensities as he had; had the gift of continence, and could abstain from marriage when circumstances of trial, etc., would make it proper. We may add, that when Paul wishes to exhort to anything that is difficult, he usually adduces "his own example" to show that "it may be done;" an example which it would be well for all ministers to be able to follow.

    But every man hath his proper gift - Every man has his own special talent, or excellence. One man excels in one thing, and another in another. One may not have this particular virtue, but he maybe distinguished for another virtue quite as valuable. The doctrine here is, therefore, that we are not to judge of others by ourselves, or measure their virtue by ours. We may excel in some one thing, they in another. And because they have not our special virtue, or capability, we are not to condemn or denounce them; compare Matthew 19:11, Matthew 19:12.

    Of God - Bestowed by God either in the original endowments and faculties of body or mind, or by his grace. In either case it is the gift of God. The virtue of continence is his gift as well as any other; and Paul had reason, as any other man must have, to be thankful that God had conferred it on him. So if a man is naturally amiable, kind, gentle, large-hearted, tender, and affectionate, he should regard it as the gift of God, and be thankful that he has not to contend with the evils of a morose, proud, haughty, and severe temper. It is true, however, that all these virtues may be greatly strengthened by discipline, and that religion gives vigor and comeliness to them all. Paul's virtue in this was strengthened by his resolution; by his manner of life; by his frequent fastings and trials, and "by the abundant employment" which God gave him in the apostleship. And it is true still, that if a man is desirous to overcome the lusts of the flesh, industry, and hardship, and trial, and self-denial will enable him, by the grace of God, to do it. idleness is the cause of no small part of the corrupt desires of people; and God kept Paul from these:

    (1) By giving him enough to do; and,

    (2) By giving him enough to suffer.