1 Corinthians 7:38

“So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So then he that giueth her in mariage, doeth wel: but he that giueth her not in mariage, doeth better.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So then both he who gives his own virgin {daughter} in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So then both he that giveth his own virgin `daughter' in marriage doeth well; and he that giveth her not in marriage shall do better.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So then, he who gets married to his virgin does well, and he who keeps her unmarried does better.
- Basic English Bible

So that he that marries himself does well; and he that does not marry does better.
- Darby Bible

So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
- Webster's Bible

So that he who gives his daughter in marriage does well, and yet he who does not give her in marriage will do better.
- Weymouth Bible

So then both he who gives his own virgin in marriage does well, and he who doesn't give her in marriage does better.
- World English Bible

Therfore he that ioyneth his virgyn in matrymonye, doith wel; and he that ioyneth not, doith betere.
- Wycliffe Bible

so that both he who is giving in marriage doth well, and he who is not giving in marriage doth better.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:38


7:38 Doeth better - If there be no necessity.


Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • Lu2677
    lewis, If I am included in "most", I have not forgotten. Philippians 2:12 Paul said,"Wherefore my beloved as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." There's those words again; obey ,fear and trembling."
  • Lewis
    I think most are forgetting several scriptures in the Bible, Jesus said you must be born again, of the Spirit and of the water, Peter said to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus, Paul said we must work out our own salvation, and there are many more scriptures confirming this.We as adults can not be saved by what some one else believes.
  • Davina
    marriage was created by God if at time we have no respect for God how can we have respect for our spouses. the Holy Spirit gudies us into all truth if we have the holy within us our desire will be for God and God alone hence any other relationship will have a positive and strong influence. but this is a daily relationship with God its a process so that we may reach the standards of God
  • Steve morrow
    1COR7:40 BUT SHE IS HAPPIER IF SHE SO ABIDEAFTER MY JUDGEMENT--AND I THINK ALSO THAT I HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD--GALA1:11 BUT I CERTIFY YOU BRETHREN THAT THE GOSPEL WHICH WAS PREACHED OF ME IS NOT AFTER MAN 1:12 FOR I NEITHER RECEIVED IT OF MAN NEITHER WAS I TAUGHT IT BUT BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
    JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS.......
  • Calvin Johnson
    Great chapter of the bible. As a christian counselor let me say Marriage should be taken seriously. I have seen so many fall apart because of our lack of knowledge. Just as you would tune up your car to keep it running smoothly. I advise married couples to attend marriage seminars or retreats annually. God Bless
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