“I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.”
King James Version (KJV)
7:8 It is good for them if they remain even as I - That St. Paul was then single is certain and from #Acts 7:58|, compared with the following parts of the history, it seems probable that he always was so. It does not appear that this declaration, any more than #1Co 7:1|, hath any reference at all to a state of persecution.
1Co 7:8 To the unmarried and widows, etc. If they have his self-control, it is well for them to remain unmarried, even as he. Not that the unmarried state is better, but on account of "the present distress" (1Co 7:26), the critical times. There are times when it is best to remain unmarried; for instance, in a time of war and invasion. The ground of his advice is not moral, but prudential.