1 Corinthians 7:9

“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if they cannot conteine, let them marry: for it is better to marrie then to burne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn {with passion.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if they have not self-control let them get married; for married life is better than the burning of desire.
- Basic English Bible

But if they have not control over themselves, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.
- Darby Bible

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
- Webster's Bible

If, however, they cannot maintain self-control, by all means let them marry; for marriage is better than the fever of passion.
- Weymouth Bible

But if they don't have self-control, let them marry. For it's better to marry than to burn.
- World English Bible

That if thei conteynen not hem silf, be thei weddid; for it is betere to be weddid, than to be brent.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if they have not continence -- let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:9


1Co 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry. If the unmarried and widowed cannot control their desires, it is best to marry.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • 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
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 22:42 SAYING FATHER IF THOU BE WILLING REMOVE THIS CUP FROM ME NEVETHELESS NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE --22:44--AND BEING IN AGONY HE PRAYED MOER EARNESTLY AND HIS SWEAT WAS AS IT WERE GREAT DROPS OF BLOOD FALLING DOWN TO THE GROUND ***** JOHN 19:30 WHEN JESUS THEREFORE HAD RECEIVED THE VINEGAR HE SAID IT IS FINISHED AND HE BOWED HIS HEAD AND GAVE UP THE GHOST
  • A disciple
    Hello David; That is so very sad and painful! Without knowing you or your circumstances, I can only try to give some general advice and hopefully encourage you in God through some related experience. As far as Church "activities;" maybe just a little from time to time, to lift your mind and spirit up out of the doldrums; and if you can, have some "heart to heart" with a closer brother, and pray!

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