1 Corinthians 7:26
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New International Version
Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is.

New Living Translation
Because of the present crisis, I think it is best to remain as you are.

English Standard Version
I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is.

Berean Study Bible
Because of the present crisis, I think it is good for a man to remain as he is.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore I think this is good, because of the present necessity, that it is good for a man to remain in the same manner.

New American Standard Bible
I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.

King James Bible
I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I consider this to be good because of the present distress: It is fine for a man to remain as he is.

International Standard Version
In view of the present crisis, I think it is prudent for a man to stay as he is.

NET Bible
Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are.

New Heart English Bible
I think that it is good therefore, because of the distress that is on us, that it is good for a man to be as he is.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I think that this is fair because of the distress of the time, that it is useful for a man to be so.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because of the present crisis I believe it is good for people to remain as they are.

New American Standard 1977
I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I hold, therefore, this to be good because of the present distress, that it is good for a man to be thus:

King James 2000 Bible
I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

American King James Version
I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

American Standard Version
I think therefore that this is good by reason of the distress that is upon us, namely, that it is good for a man to be as he is.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I think therefore that this is good for the present necessity, that it is good for a man so to be.

Darby Bible Translation
I think then that this is good, on account of the present necessity, that [it is] good for a man to remain so as he is.

English Revised Version
I think therefore that this is good by reason of the present distress, namely, that it is good for a man to be as he is.

Webster's Bible Translation
I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

Weymouth New Testament
I think then that, taking into consideration the distress which is now upon us, it is well for a man to remain as he is.

World English Bible
I think that it is good therefore, because of the distress that is on us, that it is good for a man to be as he is.

Young's Literal Translation
I suppose, therefore, this to be good because of the present necessity, that it is good for a man that the matter be thus: --
Study Bible
The Unmarried and Widowed
25Now about virgins, I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26Because of the present crisis, I think it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27Are you committed to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you free of commitment? Do not look for a wife.…
Cross References
Luke 21:23
How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers. For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath against this people.

1 Corinthians 7:1
Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good to abstain from sexual relations.

1 Corinthians 7:8
Now to the unmarried and widows I say this: It is good for them to remain unmarried, as I am.

1 Corinthians 7:27
Are you committed to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you free of commitment? Do not look for a wife.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any spirit or message or letter presuming to be from us and alleging that the day of the Lord has already come.
Treasury of Scripture

I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

that.

1 Corinthians 7:1,8,28,35-38 Now concerning the things whereof you wrote to me: It is good for …

Jeremiah 16:2-4 You shall not take you a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters …

Matthew 24:19 And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Luke 21:23 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, …

Luke 23:28,29 But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not …

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

distress. or, necessity.

(26) I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress.--Better, I think then that it is good because of the impending distress--that it is good for a person to be so--i.e., to continue in the state in which he is, married or unmarried, as the case may be.

The construction of this sentence is strikingly characteristic of a writing which has been taken down from dictation. The speaker commences the sentence, and afterwards commences it over again: "I think it is good," &c., and then, "I say I think it is good."

From this verse to the end of 1Corinthians 7:35 the Apostle deals again with the general question of marriage, introducing a new element of consideration--"the impending distress"; and at 1Corinthians 7:36 he returns to the immediate subject with which he had started in 1Corinthians 7:25, viz., duty of parents regarding their young unmarried daughters. The "impending distress" is that foretold by Christ, Matthew 24:8 et seq. The Apostle regarded the coming of Christ as no distant event, and in the calamities already threatening the Church, such as the famine in the time of Claudius (Acts 11:28), and in the gathering persecutions, he heard the first mutterings of the storm which should burst upon the world before the sign of the Son of Man should appear in the heavens.

It is good for a man.--It is most important to remember how much stress St. Paul lays upon this point as the ground of his preference for celibacy. As the reason for the preference has ceased to exist, so the advice, so far as it springs from that cause, is no longer of binding obligation (see 1Corinthians 7:29-31).

Verse 26. - I suppose. St. Paul only states this modestly, and somewhat hesitatingly, as his personal opinion. For the present distress; rather, on account of the pressing necessity; in the urgent and trying conditions which at the present moment surround the Christian's life, and which were the prophesied "woes of the Messiah" (Matthew 24:3, etc.). For a man; rather, for a person - whether man or woman. Be to be; that is, unmarried. The words are not improbably a quotation from the Corinthian letter. Otherwise we might explain the "so" to mean "as he is - whether married or unmarried." I suppose, therefore, that this is good,.... The opinion of the apostle, the sentiment of his mind, his judgment in this case were, that it was better, more advisable and eligible, for persons that were single to continue so; his reason for it follows,

for the present necessity; by which is meant not the shortness of life, and the necessity of dying, when husband and wife must part, upon which trouble ensues; nor the various sorrows, cares, encumbrances, trials, and exercises that attend a conjugal state, as bearing and bringing forth, and bringing up children, provision for the family, &c. which are common to all, and at all times more or less; but the present time of persecution, under which the churches of Christ were; agreeably the Syriac version reads it, , "because of the necessity of the time", or season: using the very Greek word in text; as the Targumists (q) also have frequently adopted it into their language, and use the phrase , "an hour, or time of necessity", for a time of great affliction and distress, just as the apostle does here; because this was the present case of the Christians, he thought it most prudent for such as were single to remain so; since as they were often obliged to move from place to place, to fly from one city to another, this would be very incommodious for married persons, who might have young children to take care of, and provide for; see Matthew 24:19 upon a like account, the Jewish doctors advise to the same the apostle here does (r);

"from the day that the empire is extended, which decrees hard decrees upon us, and causes the law and the commandments to cease from us, and does not suffer us to circumcise children; it is right that we agree among ourselves, , not to marry, and beget children:''

I say it is good for a man so to be; to remain unmarried, to live a single life, to be a virgin; for the word "virgin", as here used, relates to men as well as maidens, and denotes the single state of either. The apostle does not add, "even as I"; as he does in 1 Corinthians 7:8 which seems to confirm the conjecture already made, that he was not a bachelor, but a widower; otherwise he would doubtless have enforced this advice by his own example, as before.

(q) Targum Jon. & Hieros. in Genesis 22.14. & xxxviii. 25. & Targum Sheni in Esth. v. 1.((r) T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 60. 2.26. I suppose—"I consider."

this—namely, "for a man so to be," that is, in the same state in which he is (1Co 7:27).

for—by reason of.

the present distress—the distresses to which believers were then beginning to be subjected, making the married state less desirable than the single; and which would prevail throughout the world before the destruction of Jerusalem, according to Christ's prophecy (Mt 24:8-21; compare Ac 11:28).7:25-35 Considering the distress of those times, the unmarried state was best. Notwithstanding, the apostle does not condemn marriage. How opposite are those to the apostle Paul who forbid many to marry, and entangle them with vows to remain single, whether they ought to do so or not! He exhorts all Christians to holy indifference toward the world. As to relations; they must not set their hearts on the comforts of the state. As to afflictions; they must not indulge the sorrow of the world: even in sorrow the heart may be joyful. As to worldly enjoyments; here is not their rest. As to worldly employment; those that prosper in trade, and increase in wealth, should hold their possessions as though they held them not. As to all worldly concerns; they must keep the world out of their hearts, that they may not abuse it when they have it in their hands. All worldly things are show; nothing solid. All will be quickly gone. Wise concern about worldly interests is a duty; but to be full of care, to have anxious and perplexing care, is a sin. By this maxim the apostle solves the case whether it were advisable to marry. That condition of life is best for every man, which is best for his soul, and keeps him most clear of the cares and snares of the world. Let us reflect on the advantages and snares of our own condition in life; that we may improve the one, and escape as far as possible all injury from the other. And whatever cares press upon the mind, let time still be kept for the things of the Lord.
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