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1 Corinthians 7:8

    1 Corinthians 7:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, It is good for them to be even as I am.

    Webster's Revision

    But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

    World English Bible

    But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I am.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:8

    The unmarried and widows - It is supposed that the apostle speaks here of men who had been married, in the word αγαμοι, but were now widowers; as he does of women who had been married, in the word χηραι, but were now widows. And when he says ὡς καγω, even as I, he means that he himself was a widower; for several of the ancients rank Paul among the married apostles.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:8

    It is good for them - It may be advisable, in the present circumstances of persecution and distress, not to be encumbered with the cares and anxieties of a family; see 1 Corinthians 7:26, 1 Corinthians 7:32-34. The word unmarried (ἀγάμοις agamois) may refer either to those who had never been married, or to widowers. It here means simply those who were at that time unmarried, and his reasoning applies to both classes.

    And to widows - The apostle specifies these, though he had not specified "widowers" particularly. The reason of this distinction seems to be, that he considers more particularly the case of those females who had never been married, in the close of the chapter, 1 Corinthians 7:25.

    That they abide - That they remain, in the present circumstances, unmarried; see 1 Corinthians 7:26.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:8

    7:8 It is good for them if they remain even as I - That St. Paul was then single is certain and from Acts 7:58, compared with the following parts of the history, it seems probable that he always was so. It does not appear that this declaration, any more than 1Co 7:1, hath any reference at all to a state of persecution.