John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 7:1 - 7:1

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 7:1 - 7:1


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1Co 7:1. Περὶ δὲ ὧν ἐγράψατε, Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote) He sets before us his subject at the first with elegance, rather generally than particularly. The apostles in their epistles often treat of marriage; the apostle Paul alone, once and not of his own accord, but when he was asked, advises celibacy, and that too very gently. [So far is this from being a subject, which ought to be obtruded upon mankind by human precepts.-V.g.]-καλὸν, good) This agrees with the feeling, which pervades the preceding chapter. Comp. below 1Co 7:7-8; 1Co 7:26; 1Co 7:34, in the middle of the verse, 35 at the end, 40. It is good, i.e. becoming, suitable, for the sake of liberty and exemption from what is due [by a husband to his wife], 1Co 7:3, and for the sake of keeping one’s ‘power,’ which he has over himself undiminished, 1Co 7:4; though on the other hand touching, 1Co 7:1, has always modesty as its accompaniment among them that are chaste.-ἀνθρώπῳ, for a man) in general, although he be not a Christian, 1Co 7:7; 1Co 7:26.-γυναικὸς, a woman) and in like manner for the woman not to be touched. In what follows, the one relation involves the other.