1 Corinthians 7:1
New International Version
Now for the matters you wrote about: "It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman."

New Living Translation
Now regarding the questions you asked in your letter. Yes, it is good to abstain from sexual relations.

English Standard Version
Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”

Berean Study Bible
Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good to abstain from sexual relations.

Berean Literal Bible
Now concerning the things about which you wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

New American Standard Bible
Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman.

King James Bible
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Christian Standard Bible
Now in response to the matters you wrote about: "It is good for a man not to use a woman for sex."

Contemporary English Version
Now I will answer the questions you asked in your letter. You asked, "Is it best for people not to marry?"

Good News Translation
Now, to deal with the matters you wrote about. A man does well not to marry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now in response to the matters you wrote about: "It is good for a man not to have relations with a woman."

International Standard Version
Now about what you asked: "Is it advisable for a man not to marry?"

NET Bible
Now with regard to the issues you wrote about: "It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman."

New Heart English Bible
Now concerning the things about which you wrote: it is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But concerning those things of which you wrote to me, it is good for a man not to touch a woman,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, concerning the things that you wrote about: It's good for men not to get married.

New American Standard 1977
Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now concerning the things of which ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

King James 2000 Bible
Now concerning the things of which you wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

American King James Version
Now concerning the things whereof you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

American Standard Version
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Douay-Rheims Bible
NOW concerning the thing whereof you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Darby Bible Translation
But concerning the things of which ye have written [to me]: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman;

English Revised Version
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now concerning the things of which ye wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Weymouth New Testament
I now deal with the subjects mentioned in your letter. It is well for a man to abstain altogether from marriage.

World English Bible
Now concerning the things about which you wrote to me: it is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Young's Literal Translation
And concerning the things of which ye wrote to me: good it is for a man not to touch a woman,
Study Bible
Principles of Marriage
1Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good to abstain from sexual relations. 2But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:2
But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.

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

Treasury of Scripture

Now concerning the things whereof you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

good.

1 Corinthians 7:8,26,27,37,38
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I…

Matthew 19:10,11
His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry…

touch.

Genesis 20:6
And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

Ruth 2:9
Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

Proverbs 6:29
So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.







Lexicon
Now
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

for
Περὶ (Peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

the matters
ὧν (hōn)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

you wrote about:
ἐγράψατε (egrapsate)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1125: A primary verb; to 'grave', especially to write; figuratively, to describe.

[It is] good
καλὸν (kalon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2570: Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.

to abstain from sexual relations.
ἅπτεσθαι (haptesthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle
Strong's Greek 680: Prop: I fasten to; I lay hold of, touch, know carnally. Reflexive of hapto; properly, to attach oneself to, i.e. To touch.
Verses 1-40. - Answers to the inquiries of the Corinthians respecting marriage. Verses 1-11. - The lawfulness of marriage, and its duties. Verse 1. - Now concerning. This refers to questions of the Corinthians (comp. 1 Corinthians 7:25; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 1 Corinthians 12:1). It is good for a man not to touch a woman. The word used is not agathon, good, but kalon, fair; "an excellent thing." In ver. 26 he limits the word by the clause, "good for the present necessity." There is no limitation here, and it is probable that St. Paul is quoting the actual words of the letter which he had received from Corinth. There had sprung up among them some antinomians, who, perhaps by perverting his own teaching or that of Apollos, had made liberty a cloak of lasciviousness. In indignant reaction against such laxity, others, perhaps, with Essene proclivities, had been led to disparage matrimony as involving an inevitable stain. Gnosticism, and the spirit which led to it, oscillated between the two extremes of asceticism and uncleanness. Both extremes were grounded on the assertion that matter is inherently evil. Ascetic Gnostics, therefore, strove to destroy by severity every carnal impulse; antinomian Gnostics argued that the life of the spirit was so utterly independent of the flesh that what the flesh did was of no consequence. We find the germs of Gnostic heresy long before the name appeared. Theoretically, St. Paul inclines to the ascetic view, not in the abstract, but in view of the near advent of Christ, and of the cares, distractions, and even trials which marriage involved in days of struggle and persecution. Yet his wisdom is shown in the cautious moderation with which he expresses himself. The tone of the letter written by Gregory the Great to Augustine with reference to similar inquiries about Saxon converts is very different. The example of St. Paul should have shown the mediaeval moralists and even the later Fathers how wrong it is "to give themselves airs of certainty on points where certainty is not to be had." Not to touch a woman. St. Paul means generally "not to marry" (comp. Genesis 20:4 [LXX.]). Celibacy under the then existing conditions of the Christian world is, he admits, in itself an honourable and morally salutary thing, though, for the majority, marriage may be a positive duty. He is not dreaming of the nominal marriages of mediaeval ascetics, for he assumes and directs that all who marry should live in conjugal union. 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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