1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 7:38

“So then he that giueth her in mariage, doeth wel: but he that giueth her not in mariage, doeth better.”

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Other Translations

So then he that giveth [her] in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth [her] not in marriage doeth better.
- King James Version

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

  • Fred
    Marriage is a life long obligation. marriage is a divine institution. Christ is the groom and the church the bride. With this in mind it is easier to understand the will of our God in the Christ Paul speaks by the authority given and provided by the holy spirit. We too through faith, can learn patience and grow in love with one another, asking God in Prayer for his support in all these things.
  • G. Ochoa
    Clearer explanation of 1 Corinth 6:9, 10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Then lists the fornicators sexually immoral , idolater, adulterers, effeminate male prostitutes , abusers of themselves with mankind homosexual offenders , 10. The thieves, covetous the greedy , drunkards, revilers slanderers , extortioners swindlers . . .
  • Adam
    Fornication in verse 2- do you believe fornication is sexual intercourse outside of marriage? Does it include all sexual activity even kissing is considered sexual by some or just intercourse?
  • BSP
    Verse 16~ A husband's or wife's faith can have a powerful impact on their unbelieving mate and may even move that one to have faith.
  • Peace Francis
    1Corinthian 6:9-10 be not deceived neither fornicators, nor idolatry nor adulterers, nor effeminate(homosexual), not abusers of themselves with mankind... Shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Mrs. Lindsey
    Verse 2 is my favorite because it lets us know that a man is to have his own wife, not nobody else's and a woman is to have her own husband, not the husband of another woman and never, ever are two folk of the same gender to call themselves married to each other!! That's simply an abomination.

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