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

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

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1Co 7:7. Θέλω) I would for my part, 1Co 7:32. Paul had tasted the sweetness of celibacy, and was desirous that others should have the same pleasure in it. The expression, I would, may be also taken absolutely for it is to be wished, comp. 1Co 6:12, note: as he says on other occasions, οὐκ ἦν θελημα, there was no wish.-γὰρ) for, used in its strict sense. The reference is to 1Co 7:6.-ὡς καὶ ἐμαυτὸν, as even myself) unmarried. The Corinthians seem to have looked to the example of Paul, 1Co 7:8.-χάρισμα, gift) That, which in the natural man is a natural habit, becomes in the saints a gift. The gift here is the entire habit [habitual bearing] of the mind and body in the Christian, in so far, for example, as marriage or celibacy is more suitable to him, along with the actions consonant to each state, being in accordance with the commandments of God. But in the case of godly men in an involuntary condition, the assistance of grace is more sure.