1 Corinthians 7:6
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New International Version
I say this as a concession, not as a command.

New Living Translation
I say this as a concession, not as a command.

English Standard Version
Now as a concession, not a command, I say this.

Berean Study Bible
I say this as a concession, not as a command.

Berean Literal Bible
Now I say this by way of concession, not by way of command.

New American Standard Bible
But this I say by way of concession, not of command.

King James Bible
But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I say the following as a concession, not as a command.

International Standard Version
But I say this as a concession, not as a command.

NET Bible
I say this as a concession, not as a command.

New Heart English Bible
But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I say this as to the weak, not by commandment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What I have just said is not meant as a command but as a suggestion.

New American Standard 1977
But this I say by way of concession, not of command.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I speak this by permission, and not by commandment.

King James 2000 Bible
But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

American King James Version
But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

American Standard Version
But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I speak this by indulgence, not by commandment.

Darby Bible Translation
But this I say, as consenting [to], not as commanding [it].

English Revised Version
But this I say by way of permission, not of commandment.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I speak this by permission, and not as a commandment.

Weymouth New Testament
Thus much in the way of concession, not of command.

World English Bible
But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment.

Young's Literal Translation
and this I say by way of concurrence -- not of command,
Study Bible
Principles of Marriage
5Do not deprive one another, except by mutual consent for a limited time, so you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again, so that Satan will not tempt you through your lack of self-control. 6I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:10
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.

1 Corinthians 7:12
To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If a brother has an unbelieving wife and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.

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.

1 Corinthians 7:40
In my judgment, however, she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

2 Corinthians 8:8
I am not making a demand, but I am testing the sincerity of your love in comparison to the earnestness of others.
Treasury of Scripture

But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

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1 Corinthians 7:12,25 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother has a wife …

2 Corinthians 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

2 Corinthians 11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were …

(6) But I speak this by permission.--Better, Now I say this as a permission, and not as a command. As the passage is given in our English version, it might seem as if the Apostle implied that he had no actual command, but only a permission to write this, which is not at all his meaning. What he does say is, that the foregoing instructions are not to be considered as absolute commands from him, but as general permissive instruction, to be applied by each individual according to circumstances.

It has been much discussed as to what part of the previous passage the word "this" refers. It is perhaps best to take it as referring to the leading thought of the whole passage, which is that marriage is allowable, expressed especially in 1Corinthians 7:2.

Verse 6. - I speak this. The "this" applies to his advice in general, but especially to the last verse. By permission. This phrase is generally misunderstood. It does not mean that St. Paul was permitted though not commanded to give this advice, but that his gentle advice was given "by way of permission" to Christians, not "by way of injunction." He means to say that he leaves the details of their lives, whether celibate or married, to their individual consciences, though with large hearted wisdom and charity he would emancipate them from human and unauthorized restrictions. The clause is not, therefore, a parallel to the restrictions on the authority of his utterances, such as we find in vers. 12, 29, 40, and in 2 Corinthians 8:10; 2 Corinthians 11:17. But I speak this by permission,.... Referring either to what he had said before, though not to all; not to 1 Corinthians 7:2 that for the avoiding of fornication, every man should make use of his own wife, and every woman of her own husband; since this is not by permission, but by command, Genesis 2:24 that carnal copulation should be between one man and one woman in a married state; nor to 1 Corinthians 7:3 for that married persons ought to render due benevolence to, and not defraud each other, having a power over each other's bodies, is a precept, and not a permission, Exodus 21:10 but to 1 Corinthians 7:5 their parting for a time, and coming together again: it is not an absolute command of God that they should separate for a time, on account of fasting and prayer, but if they thought fit to do so by agreement, they might; nor was there any positive precept for their coming together again directly, after such service was over. The apostle said this,

not of commandment; but, consulting their good, gives this advice, lest Satan should be busy with them, and draw them into sin; but if they had the gift of continence, they might continue apart longer; there was no precise time fixed by God, nor did the apostle pretend to fix any: or it may refer to what follows after, that he would have all men be as he was; though he laid no injunction, but left them to their liberty; unless it can be thought to regard marriage in general, and to be said in opposition to a Jewish notion, which makes marriage a "command";

"a man, they say (f), is bound to this command at seventeen years of age, and if he passes twenty and does not marry, he transgresses, and makes void an affirmative precept;''

but the apostle puts it as a matter of choice, and not of obligation.

(f) Maimon. Hilch, Isbot, c. 15. sect. 2.6. by permission … not of commandment—not by God's permission to me to say it: but, "by way of permission to you, not as a commandment." "This" refers to the directions, 1Co 7:2-5.7:1-9 The apostle tells the Corinthians that it was good, in that juncture of time, for Christians to keep themselves single. Yet he says that marriage, and the comforts of that state, are settled by Divine wisdom. Though none may break the law of God, yet that perfect rule leaves men at liberty to serve him in the way most suited to their powers and circumstances, of which others often are very unfit judges. All must determine for themselves, seeking counsel from God how they ought to act.
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