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FOR THE EDITORS; CONDER, BUCKLERSBURY; BUTTON, PATERNOSTER-ROW;
ABEL, NORTHAMPTON; AND
PARAPHRASE AND NOTES
ON THE REMAINING PART OF
THE FIRST EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS.
The apostle proceeds to answer certain questions which the Corin
thians had put to him ; and first, what related to the marriage. state ; and in these introductory verses, he determines that in some circumstances it should be entered into, and continued in, but in others, forborne ; and forbids wives to depart from their husbands. 1 Cor. VII.-1-11.
I COR. VII. 1.
I CORINTHIANS VII. 1. NOW concerning the
things whereof ye I NOI proceed to give you my opinion conwrote upto me: It is cerning those things about which you wrote to good for a man not to me. And I begin with that concerning the law. touch a woman.
fulness or expedience of marriage. And here I VII. ).
to those who are proof against some of its most
planted in the sexes a mutual inclination to each
other species of uncleanness, let every man have
band: for neither divorce nor poligamy are
Marriage is necessary to prevent fornication ; SECT. by any means agreeable to the genius of the xii.
Let the husband, where this relation is com- 3 Let the husband VII. 3. menced, render all due benevolence to the wife, due benevolence : and
and in like manner also the wife to the husband : likewise also the wife
the wife hath not in this respect power over her power of her own bo-
of his own body, but the
their mutual good.
Withdraw not therefore from the company of 5 Defraud ye not each other, unless [it be] by consent for a time ;
one the other, except that ye may be at leisure to devote yourselves
a time, that ye may more intensly to fasting and prayer, and that give yourselves to fastye may come together again as usual ; lest Satan ing and prayer ;
together tempt you on account of your incontinence, and
gain, that Satan tempt take occasion from the irregular sallies of
you not for your in.
stitution intended to remedy.
6 But I speak this
in no such precautions as these.
7 For I would that upon, ļ could wish that all men were, in this all men were even as respect, even as myself ; that all christians could I myself; but every
man hath his proper as easily bear the severities of a single life in
it be with consent for
gift of God, one after present circumstances, and exercise as resolute a command over their natural desires. But
a By permission.] I cannot, with Mr. St. Paul's epistles, that they will rather Cradock, think, that the meaning of this strengthen the proof of it. See Essay on clause, is, “ 1 permit marriage, but do not Inspiration in Vol. VIII. enjoin it," and have elsewhere observed, 6 That all men were even as myself.] that this verse, and others in this coutext, Common sense requires us to limit this nearly parallel to it, will be so far from expression as in the paraphrase ; for it affording, on any interpretation, an ob- would be a most flagrant absurdity to supjcction against the general inspiration of pose that St. Paul wished marriage might