1 Corinthians 7:8
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.

Berean Study Bible
Now to the unmarried and widows I say this: It is good for them to remain unmarried, as I am.

Berean Literal Bible
Now I say to the unmarried and to the widows, it is good for them if they should remain as even I.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
My advice for the unmarried and for widows is that it is acceptable for them to remain single, just as I am.

Good News Translation
Now, to the unmarried and to the widows I say that it would be better for you to continue to live alone as I do.

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.

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

New American Standard 1977
But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.

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;
Study Bible
Principles of Marriage
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. 8Now to the unmarried and widows I say this: It is good for them to remain unmarried, as I am. 9But if they cannot control themselves, 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 to abstain from sexual relations.

1 Corinthians 7:7
I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

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

1 Corinthians 9:5
Have we no right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas?

Treasury of Scripture

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

1 Corinthians 7:26,27,32,34,35
I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be…







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

to the
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

unmarried
ἀγάμοις (agamois)
Noun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 22: Unmarried, of a person not in a state of wedlock, whether he or she has formerly been married or not. Unmarried.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

widows
χήραις (chērais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5503: Feminine of a presumed derivative apparently from the base of chasma through the idea of deficiency; a widow, literally or figuratively.

I say [this]:
Λέγω (Legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

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

for them
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

to remain [unmarried],
μείνωσιν (meinōsin)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3306: To remain, abide, stay, wait; with acc: I wait for, await. A primary verb; to stay.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

I am.
κἀγώ (kagō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2504: To also, I too, but I. From kai and ego; so also the dative case kamoi, and accusative case kame and I, me.
(8) I say therefore.--Better, Now what I say is, . . . Widows are here joined with those who have not been married, otherwise discussion might have arisen as to whether the Apostle had intended his advice for them also. It has been curiously conjectured (by Luther amongst others), from the passage where St. Paul recommends widows to "abide even as I." that the Apostle was himself a widower. This, however, requires the word "unmarried" to be restricted to widowers, which is quite inadmissible; and even if such were admissible, the deduction from it that St. Paul was a widower could scarcely be considered logical. The almost universal tradition of the early Church was that St. Paul was never married, and unless we can imagine his having been married, and his wife dead before the stoning of St. Stephen which is scarcely possible (Acts 7:58), the truth of that tradition is evident. (See Philippians 4:3.) "Even as I;" that is, unmarried.

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. 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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