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FOR THE EDITORS; CONDER, BUCKLERSBURY; BUTTON, PATERNOSTER-ROW;
WILLIAMS, STATIONERS'-COURT; BAYNES, PATERNOSTER-ROW; OGLE,
GREAT-TURN-STILE ; NUNN, QUEEN-STREET; AND JONES, PATER-
NOSTER-ROW, LONDON; AND FOR BAINES, AND BINNS,
LEEDS ; COLBERT, DUBLIN; WILSON AND SPENCE,
YORK; OGLE AND AIKMAN, EDINBURGH ;
OGLE, GLASGOW ; CROOKES, ROTHERHAM;

ABEL, NORTHAMPTON; AND
MR. FARRAND, 185, MARKET-STREET, PHILADELPHIA.

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FAMILY EXPOSITOR.

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PARAPHRASE AND NOTES

ON THE REMAINING PART OF

THE FIRST EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS.

SECTION XII.

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.

SECT. xii.

1 Cor.

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. ).
must first observe, that as to its expedience, it
is ] in present circumstances good for a man,
where he is entirely master of himself, to have
nothing to do with a woman ; so many are the
conveniences which recommend a single life

to those who are proof against some of its most
2 Nevertheless, to obvious temptations. Nevertheless, as the 2
cord fornication, let God of nature has for certain wise reasons im-
every man have his

planted in the sexes a mutual inclination to each
own wife, and let e-
very woman have her other, in order to prevent fornication, and every
own husband.

other species of uncleanness, let every man have
and retain his own proper wife ; and let every
woman have and retain her own proper hus-

band: for neither divorce nor poligamy are
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1 Cor.

Marriage is necessary to prevent fornication ; SECT. by any means agreeable to the genius of the xii.

gospel.

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
let them on all occasions be ready mutually to unto the husband.
oblige, and consult the happiness of each other's
life. And let them not imagine that there is
any perfection in living separate from each
4 other, as if they were in a state of celibacy. For 4 The wife hath not

the wife hath not in this respect power over her power of her own bo-
own body, but hath by the marriage-covenant and likewise also the
transferred it to the husband ; and in like man. husband hath not power
ner also, the husband hath not power over his own

of his own body, but the

wife.
body, but it is, as it were, the property of the
wife; their engagements being mutual,so that on
every occasion conscience obliges them to re-
main appropriate to each other, and consult

their mutual good.
5

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.
animal nature, to fill you with thoughts and continency.
passions, which marriage was in its original in-

stitution intended to remedy.
6
But you will observe, that I say this by per-

6 But I speak this
mission from Christ ; but not by any express by permission, and not
command", which he gave in person in the of cou.mandment.
days of his flesh, or gives by the inspiration and
suggestion of bis Spirit now ; by which inspira-
tion, you may conclude I am guided when I say

in no such precautions as these.
7 But as for the main question we are now

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

and

come

gift of God, one after present circumstances, and exercise as resolute a command over their natural desires. But

cvery

this

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

entirely

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