Marriage During Times of Suffering (1 Corinthians 7:25-40)

In 1 Corinthians 7:25 Paul addresses another question that these Corinthian Christians have asked him. As we have noted throughout this study, we have to infer by the answer Paul gives as to what the issue was that the Corinthians had. Verse 25 begins, “Now concerning the virgins,” according to most translations (NASB, NRSV, NKJV, NIV, HCSB). So we might think that Paul is speaking to those who are not married. However, we remember that the apostle Paul has addressed the unmarried back in verses 8-9. There is another problem with understanding this text to simply refer to those who have never been married. In verse 27 we read, “Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free.” If this is a person who has never been married, then how would this Christian be bound to a wife? It is for this reason that we cannot understand this text to be simply referring to people who have never been married.

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