1 Corinthians 7:7
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New International Version
I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

New Living Translation
But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another.

English Standard Version
I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

New American Standard Bible
Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.

King James Bible
For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wish that all people were just like me. But each has his own gift from God, one person in this way and another in that way.

International Standard Version
I would like everyone to be unmarried, like I am. However, each person has a special gift from God, one this and another that.

NET Bible
I wish that everyone was as I am. But each has his own gift from God, one this way, another that.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I wish that all people might be like I am in purity, but every person is given a gift from God, one in this way and one in that way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would like everyone to be like me. However, each person has a special gift from God, and these gifts vary from person to person.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I would that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one after this manner and another after that.

King James 2000 Bible
For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

American King James Version
For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

American Standard Version
Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I would that all men were even as myself: but every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that.

Darby Bible Translation
Now I wish all men to be even as myself: but every one has his own gift of God: one man thus, and another thus.

English Revised Version
Yet I would that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I would that all men were as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet I would that everybody lived as I do; but each of us has his own special gift from God--one in one direction and one in another.

World English Bible
Yet I wish that all men were like me. However each man has his own gift from God, one of this kind, and another of that kind.

Young's Literal Translation
for I wish all men to be even as I myself am; but each his own gift hath of God, one indeed thus, and one thus.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - For I would. The verb here used is thelo (will). In 1 Timothy 5:14 he says, "I prefer (boulomai) that the younger women marry." Even as I myself; endowed, that is, with the gift of continence, which would (in the expected nearness of Christ's coming) render marriage needless, and the condition of man like that of the angels in heaven, who neither marry nor are given in marriage. His proper gift. The "gifts" alluded to are the "graces" (charismata) of the Holy Spirit; and the grace of perfect continence does not exist equally in all (Matthew 19:11). One after this manner, and another after that. The remark is general, but also has its special application to continence and marriage (Matthew 19:12).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I would that all men were even as I myself,.... The apostle speaks not of his state and condition, as married or unmarried, for it is not certain which he was; some think he had a wife, others not: it looks, however, as if he had not at this time, as appears from 1 Corinthians 7:8 but be it which it will, it can hardly be thought he should wish all men to be in either state, either all married, or all unmarried; but he speaks of the gift of continency, which he had, as the following words show; and this he desires for all men, that they might not be in any danger from Satan's temptations, and that they might be more fit for and intent upon the service of Christ. The Syriac version adds, in "purity", or "chastity"; which may be preserved in a marriage state, as well as in single life:

but every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that: all the gifts of nature and grace which men have, they have of God, and not of themselves; and every man has a gift proper to himself; no one man has all gifts, but some one, and some another; and with respect to the case in hand, one man has the gift of continency, another the gift of marriage; all cannot contain themselves, only to whom it is given: and all are not disposed to marriage; some are inclined to a single life, and some to a marriage state; and of those that are married, some can abstain from the use of the marriage bed longer than others, without being in danger of being tempted by Satan for their incontinency; and such a disposition is desirable.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. even as I—having tile gift of continence (Mt 19:11, 12). This wish does not hold good absolutely, else the extension of mankind and of the Church would cease; but relatively to "the present distress" (1Co 7:26).

1 Corinthians 7:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Teachings on Marriage
6But this I say by way of concession, not of command. 7Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that. 8But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.…
Cross References
Matthew 19:11
Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.

Romans 12:6
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;

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

1 Corinthians 9:5
Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas?

1 Corinthians 12:4
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.

1 Corinthians 12:11
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Treasury of Scripture

For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

I would. Said. Paul evidently gave this advice in reference to the necessities of the church, or what he calls (ver.

1 Corinthians 7:26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I …

1 Corinthians 9:5,15 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other …

Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that …

But.

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to …

Matthew 19:11,12 But he said to them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they …

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