1 Corinthians 7:7
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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.

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.

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.

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.

1 Corinthians 7:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

As Imyself

Not unmarried, but continent. It is not necessary to assume that Paul had never been married. Marriage was regarded as a duty among the Jews, so that a man was considered to have sinned if he had reached the age of twenty without marrying. The Mishna fixed the age of marriage at seventeen or eighteen, and the Babylonish Jews as early as fourteen. A rabbinical precept declared that a Jew who has no wife is not a man. It is not certain, but most probable, that Saul was a member of the Sanhedrim (Acts 26:10). If so, he must have been married, as marriage was a condition of membership. From 1 Corinthians 7:8 it is plausibly inferred that he classed himself among widowers. Farrar ("Life and Work of St. Paul," i., 80) has some beautiful remarks upon the evidence for his marriage afforded by the wisdom and tenderness of his words concerning it.

Gift (χάρισμα)

See on Romans 1:11. As regards the matter of continence, fitting some for marriage and some for celibacy.

1 Corinthians 7:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 say, that it is good for a man so to be.

) the present distress; for it would be perfectly absurd to imagine that an inspired apostle would in the general, discountenance marriage, since it was of the greatest importance to the existence and happiness of future generations, and expressly agreeable to a Divine institution.

1 Corinthians 9:5,15 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas...

Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am...

But.

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Matthew 19:11,12 But he said to them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given...

Cross References
Matthew 19:11
But he said to them, "Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.

Romans 12:6
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;

1 Corinthians 7:8
To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am.

1 Corinthians 9:5
Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?

1 Corinthians 12:4
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:11
All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

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