1 Corinthians 7:40
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New International Version
In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is--and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

New Living Translation
But in my opinion it would be better for her to stay single, and I think I am giving you counsel from God's Spirit when I say this.

English Standard Version
Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

New American Standard Bible
But in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

King James Bible
But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But she is happier if she remains as she is, in my opinion. And I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

International Standard Version
However, in my opinion she will be happier if she stays as she is. And in saying this, I think that I, too, have God's Spirit.

NET Bible
But in my opinion, she will be happier if she remains as she is--and I think that I too have the Spirit of God!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But she is blessed if she remains in this way, according to my mind, but I think also that The Spirit of God is in me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, she will be more blessed if she stays as she is. That is my opinion, and I think that I, too, have God's Spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But she shall be more blessed if she so abides, after my counsel, and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

King James 2000 Bible
But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

American King James Version
But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

American Standard Version
But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But more blessed shall she be, if she so remain, according to my counsel; and I think that I also have the spirit of God.

Darby Bible Translation
But she is happier if she so remain, according to my judgment; but I think that *I* also have God's Spirit.

English Revised Version
But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
But she is happier if she so remain, after my judgment; and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

Weymouth New Testament
But in my judgement, her state is a more enviable one if she remains as she is; and I also think that I have the Spirit of God.

World English Bible
But she is happier if she stays as she is, in my judgment, and I think that I also have God's Spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
and she is happier if she may so remain -- according to my judgment; and I think I also have the Spirit of God.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:36-40 The apostle is thought to give advice here about the disposal of children in marriage. In this view, the general meaning is plain. Children should seek and follow the directions of their parents as to marriage. And parents should consult their children's wishes; and not reckon they have power to do with them, and dictate just as they please, without reason. The whole is closed with advice to widows. Second marriages are not unlawful, so that it is kept in mind, to marry in the Lord. In our choice of relations, and change of conditions, we should always be guided by the fear of God, and the laws of God, and act in dependence on the providence of God. Change of condition ought only to be made after careful consideration, and on probable grounds, that it will be to advantage in our spiritual concerns.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 40. - Happier. Freer from cares, distractions, and entanglements. If she so abide. If she remain a widow. I think also that I have the Spirit of God; rather, I think that I also, as well as the other teachers who have claimed spiritual authority for the rules they have given you about these subjects. The claim to authoritative decision is obviously less emphatic than it is in 1 Corinthians 14:37; still, it is an expression of personal conviction that he has the Spirit, not an implied doubt of the fact.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But she is happier if she so abide,.... That is, a widow, in an unmarried state; which is to be understood not of the happiness of another world, but of this: the apostle's meaning is, that she would be more free from cares, and less liable to trouble, would live with more peace and quietness, and be more at leisure to serve the Lord, second marriages oftentimes proving more disagreeable than the first; but in this the apostle only gives his opinion, enjoins nothing by way of command, or in an authoritative manner: and therefore adds,

after my judgment: according to his sense of things, and agreeably to the advice he had before given to unmarried persons, whether virgins or widows, such a person was likely to have most peace, and least trouble, remaining a widow, than if married, and so consequently more happy: and in order to engage such to regard his counsel, he further says,

and I think also that I have the Spirit of God; that though he had no express command, nor did he pretend to any, nor did he lay any injunction on any, but left them to their liberty; yet he could not but think, nay, he was assured, though he thus modestly expresses himself, that he was directed to give this advice by the Spirit of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

40. happier—(1Co 7:1, 28, 34, 35).

I think also—"I also think"; just as you Corinthians and your teachers think much of your opinions, so I also give my opinion by inspiration; so in 1Co 7:25, "my judgment" or opinion. Think does not imply doubt, but often a matter of well-grounded assurance (Joh 5:39).

1 Corinthians 7:40 Additional Commentaries
Context
Instructions to Unmarried and Widowed
39A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. 40But in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:6
I say this as a concession, not as a command.

1 Corinthians 7:25
Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.

2 Corinthians 8:10
And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

2 Corinthians 13:3
since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.
Treasury of Scripture

But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

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1 Corinthians 7:1,8,26,35 Now concerning the things whereof you wrote to me: It is good for …

I think. Rather, 'I judge (or consider) also that I have the Spirit of God;' for [dokein] is frequently used to express not what is doubtful, but what is true and certain.

1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give …

1 Corinthians 9:1-3 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ …

1 Corinthians 14:36,37 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it to you only…

2 Corinthians 10:8-10 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the …

2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also …

2 Peter 3:15,16 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation…

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