1 Corinthians 7:40

“But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But shee is happier if shee sobide, after my iudgment: and I thinke also that I haue the Spirit of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But it will be better for her to keep as she is, in my opinion: and it seems to me that I have the Spirit of God.
- Basic English Bible

But she is happier if she so remain, according to my judgment; but I think that *I* also have God's Spirit.
- Darby Bible

But she is happier if she so remain, after my judgment; and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
- Webster's Bible

But in my judgement, her state is a more enviable one if she remains as she is; and I also think that I have the Spirit of God.
- Weymouth Bible

But she is happier if she stays as she is, in my judgment, and I think that I also have God's Spirit.
- World English Bible

But sche schal be more blessid, if sche dwellith thus, aftir my counsel; and Y wene, that Y haue the Spirit of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and she is happier if she may so remain -- according to my judgment; and I think I also have the Spirit of God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:40


7:40 I also - As well as any of you. Have the Spirit of God - Teaching me all things This does not imply any doubt; but the strongest certainty of it, together with a reproof of them for calling it in question. Whoever, therefore, would conclude from hence, that St. Paul was not certain he had the Spirit of Christ, neither understands the true import of the words, nor considers how expressly he lays claim to the Spirit, both in this epistle, #1Co 2:16|, 14:37, and the other. #2Co 13:3|. Indeed, it may be doubted whether the word here and elsewhere translated think, does not always imply the fullest and strongest assurance. See #1Cor 10:12|.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:40


1Co 7:40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment. In his judgment, and in the conditions then prevailing, she will consult her happiness by remaining a widow. It is not only his judgment, but the Spirit seems to point the same lesson. 1Ti 5:14 might be supposed to conflict with this, but it does not, when we remember that Paul's advice here is due to prevailing circumstances. The question of marriage or remarriage is one of prudential considerations.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • A disciple
    Stephen; I am so very thankful for the Lord's gentleness and forgiveness for taking me back as well, and not letting the devil destroy me while I was out there! There are many of us who have been betrayed and mistreated by those whom we loved and trusted, and have foolishly reacted by taking a bad turn into sin because of it. There's a lot of wisdom we can share with others, how and why not to do!
  • Stephen
    David, let me add something to what 'A Disciple' said. My wife left me on Thanksgiving Day, 1999. We were at the time very faithful members of a Bible believing church. I quit going to church and it was my ruin. I fell deep into sin and it was years before I came to myself like the Prodigal Son. So please, stay in church, stay in the Word. You won't ever regret serving God.
  • A disciple
    Josef; the first thing I've always thought about that verse is like when the Lord said, If your eye cause you to sin, pluck it out and cast it away from you; for its better to enter into life one-eyed, than to be cast into the Gehenna of fire. The Greek word translated, "burn" comes from the word meaning "to kindle" or "be ignited, glow" lit. be refined, or inflamed (with anger grief lust etc).
  • Josef
    Is interesting how other Bible versions add to the word " burn" the words "with passion" seams like it totally change the meaning Other Bible translations don't add to the word burn other words . They are like the old King James Bible . So I would like to see comments on the vers 9 that ends with the original word " burn"
  • Andy
    To David
    Things in life happen such as divorce just remember whatever you are going through God still loves you just as much as when you are with your wife. God still has a plan for you and will use you. We are not cast out because of a divorce or any other sin
    But are granted God,s grace. I have been where you are peace be to you
  • Ray321
    Romans 15: 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: Now, I am a uncircumcised Gentile, therefore I follow Apostle Paul through Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord

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