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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distresse, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I think therefore that this is good by reason of the distress that is upon us, `namely,' that it is good for a man to be as he is.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In my opinion then, because of the present trouble, it is good for a man to keep as he is.
- Basic English Bible

I think then that this is good, on account of the present necessity, that [it is] good for a man to remain so as he is.
- Darby Bible

I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
- Webster's Bible

I think then that, taking into consideration the distress which is now upon us, it is well for a man to remain as he is.
- Weymouth Bible

I think that it is good therefore, because of the distress that is on us, that it is good for a man to be as he is.
- World English Bible

Therfor Y gesse, that this thing is good for the present nede; for it is good to a man to be so.
- Wycliffe Bible

I suppose, therefore, this to be good because of the present necessity, that [it is] good for a man that the matter be thus: --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:26


7:26-27 This is good for the present distress - While any church is under persecution. For a man to continue as he is - Whether married or unmarried. St. Paul does not here urge the present distress as a reason for celibacy, any more than for marriage; but for a man's not seeking to alter his state, whatever it be, but making the best of it.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:26


1Co 7:26 I suppose . . . for the present distress. The critical condition in which Christians were placed by the spirit of persecution which then prevailed. [It is] good for a man so to be. To remain in the state he already is.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7:26

  • Zachariah for verse 26
    The present distress hasd to do with the severe persection in Corinth AT THAT SPECIFIC TIME. Corinth was a city that had laws making it free to worship however and whoever as long as you werent disturbing the peace or breaking any other laws. Kind of like America today. However because of temple prostitutes from the temple of Aphroditie, who offered prostitutes, male and female, as a form of worship, along with its location, which alsi included long traveling sailors, many visitors, soldiers, tradesmen, etc. Beliving women may have been more at risk in being attacked, raped, or mistaken as a prostitute from the temple of aphroditie. (some believers used to worship pagan gods so it is very lilely they coul have been mistaken as continuing to practice if they were walking down the street.) this also leads to head coverings. Temple prostitutes would shave there heads or cut their hair short to distinguush them in their position, as well as men would grow their hair long and act/dress as women, Effimanate. Covering their head for the women with garments, or even the way they wore their hair was used as an identification mark on wheather the woman was single, married, or engaged. The public, more likele the locals, soldiers, etc. were hip to this and left the women and men open to targeted persecution. Roman soldiers were known to rape women who were engaged, for their hatred toward their religion, because they knew they were most likely virgins, or in times of war or conflict within the city. engaged Women could also easily e taken hostage which would make their husbands or husbands to be an easy target. Either making him join the army, terrorise him by raping his bride, or making him denounce Jesus. So when paul is telling them not to get married, he dosent mean forever but just for the times of distress, that they be not troubled as so many were.

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