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

New Living Translation
So I say to those who aren't married and to widows--it's better to stay unmarried, just as I am.

English Standard Version
To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.

New American Standard Bible
But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.

King James Bible
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am.

International Standard Version
I say to those who are unmarried, especially to widows: It is good for them to remain like me.

NET Bible
To the unmarried and widows I say that it is best for them to remain as I am.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I say to those who do not have a wife and to widows, that it benefits them if they should remain as I am.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I say to those who are not married, especially to widows: It is good for you to stay single like me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I say, therefore, to the unmarried men and widowers, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

King James 2000 Bible
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

American King James Version
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

American Standard Version
But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: It is good for them if they so continue, even as I.

Darby Bible Translation
But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, It is good for them that they remain even as I.

English Revised Version
But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

Webster's Bible Translation
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they remain even as I.

Weymouth New Testament
But I tell the unmarried, and women who are widows, that it is well for them to remain as I am.

World English Bible
But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I am.

Young's Literal Translation
And I say to the unmarried and to the widows: it is good for them if they may remain even as I am;
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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 8. -To the unmarried; including widowers. In my 'Life of St. Paul,' 1:75-82, I have given my reasons for believing that St. Paul was a widower. It is good for them. It is an expedient, honourable, and morally "beautiful thing," but, as he so distinctly points out further on, there might be a "better" even to the "good." Even as I. In the unmarried state, whether as one who had never married, or, as I infer from various circumstances, as a widower (so too Clemens of Alexandria, Grotius, Luther, Ewald, etc.); see my 'Life of St. Paul,' 1:169). Tertullian and Jerome (both of them biassed witnesses, and with no certain support of tradition) say that St. Paul was never married.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows,.... Not by way of command, but advice: by the "unmarried" he means, either such men who never were in a married state, or else such who had been married, but their wives were dead; which latter sense seems more agreeable, since they are joined with "widows", who had lost their husbands:

it is good for them if they abide; unmarried, and do not change their condition any more; not that it was sinful to marry again, for he allows of it in the next verse, in case they have not the gift of continence; and therefore "good" here, is not opposed to evil, only signifies that it would be better for them, more expedient and profitable for them; they would be more free from the cares of life, have less trouble, and be more at leisure to serve the Lord; and which he knew by experience, and therefore, proposes himself as an example:

even as I; that is, as he was then; for at that time it seems certain that he had no wife; though whether he had had one, and she was now dead, or whether he had never been married, may be matter of dispute; the former seems most agreeable, since he proposes himself as an example to widowers and widows; and having known what a married and single state both were, was better able to give his judgment of both, and proper advice to such persons which must come with more force and strength, and a better grace, from such an one.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. to the unmarried—in general, of both sexes (1Co 7:10, 11).

and widows—in particular.

even as I—unmarried (1Co 9:5).

1 Corinthians 7:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Teachings on Marriage
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. 9But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:1
Now for the matters you wrote about: "It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman."

1 Corinthians 7:7
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.

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

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?
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