John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 7:37 - 7:37

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 7:37 - 7:37


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1Co 7:37. Ἕστηκεν, he who standeth stedfast) There is in this passage an admirable synonymy [accumulation of synonymous clauses] and description of liberty.-μὴ ἔχων ἀνάγκην, having no necessity) on account of which he should prefer celibacy to marriage, 1Co 7:26, or marriage to celibacy.-ἐξονσίαν) control [power], without any interference.-ἔχει, has) for having: for not and but are in mutual relation to each other. There is the same enallage in Col 1:6, note.-περὶ, over) For often the will is one thing, and the power an altogether different thing.-ἰδιόυ, his own) Liberty is elegantly denoted. [Those who have now a regard to the Divine will, are often led to think, that they have been appointed to obtain only by one way, the things which correspond to the Divine will. Nevertheless, God grants to man full liberty regarding what is agreeable to His law, Deut. 36:6.[61]-V. g.]-κέκρικεν) has so judged [decreed, has come to this as his decided opinion].-καλῶς ποιεῖ, doeth well) he not only does not sin; he acts very well (καλῶς).

[61] Rather Num 36:6. Let them marry to whom they think best.-ED.