1Co 7:9. Κρεῖσσον, better) This comparative does not nullify the positive in 1Co 7:38.-ἢ πυροῦσθαι, than to be inflamed) A very strong word. A man, who maintains continence, may have that, with which he has to struggle, although he may not be inflamed. Thomas Aquinas on this passage says, to be inflamed [to burn], that is to be overcome by concupiscence; for concupiscence is a certain noxious heat. He, then, who is assailed by it, becomes warm indeed, but he does not burn, unless, overcome by concupiscence, he loses the dew of God’s grace. This burning thrusts men at last into hell-fire.