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set them to judge, who are the Shall I then

take the members of most despised in the church. Christ, and make them the mem

5 I speak to your shame. Is it so bers of an harlot ? God forbid. that there is not among you any 16 Or know you not, that he one wise man, that is able to judge who is joined to an harlot, is made between his brethren?

one body? For they shall be, saith 6 But brother goeth to law with he, two in one flesh. brother: and that before unbelievers? 17 But he, who is joined to the

7 Already indeed there is plainly Lord, is one spirit. a fault among you, that you have 18 Fly fornication. Every sin lawsuits one with another. Why that a man doth, is without the bodo you not rather take wrong? dy: but he that committeth forni, why do you not rather suffer your- cation, sinneth against his own selves to be defrauded ?

body. 8 But you do wrcing and defraud: 19 Or know you not, that your and that to your brethren. members are the temple of the 9 Know

jou not that the unjust Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom shall not possess the kingdom of you have from God; and you are God! Do not err: Neither fornica- not your own ? trics, nor idolators, nor adulterers. 20 For you are bought with a

10 Nor the effeminate, nor liars great price. Glorify and bear God with mankind, nor thieves, nor co- in your body. vetous, nor drunkards, nor railers,

CHAP. VII. nor extortioners shall possess the Lessons relating to marriage, &c. kingdom of God. 11 And such some of you were;

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whereof you wrote to me: It but you are washed, but you are is good for a man not to touch a sanctified, but you are justified in woman. the name of our Lord JESUS 2 But for fear of fornication, let Christ, and the Spirit of our God. every man have his own wife, and

12 All things are lawful to me, let every woman have her own husbut all things are not expedient. band. All things are lawful to me, but I 3 Let the husband render the :ll not be brought under the power debt to his wife, and the wife also

in like manner to the husband. 13 Meat for the belly, and the 4 The wife hath not power of her Selly for the meats ; but God shall own body; but the husband. And destroy both it and them: but the in like manner the husband also body is not for fornication, but for hath not power of his own body; the Lord, and the Lord for the but the wife. body.

5 Defraud not one another, ex14 Now God hath both raised up cept, perhaps, by consent, for a the Lord, and will raise us up also time, that you may give yourselves by his power.

to prayer : and return together 15 Know you not, that your bo- again, lest satan tempt you for your dies are the members of Christ ?lincontinency.

fany:

Ver. 7. A fault. Lawsuits can hardly ever be without a fault on one side or the other

j and oftentimes on both sides.

Ver. 2. Have his own wife. That is, keep to his wife, which he hath. His meaning is not to exhort the unmarried to marry ; on the contrary, he would have them rather continue

as they are, v. 8. But he speaks here to them that are already married ; who must not depart from one another, nor refuse the marriage debt one to another.

6. But I speak this by indulgence, whether thou shalt save thy wife ? not by commandment,

17 But as the Lord hath distri. 7 For I would that all men were buted to every one, as God hath even as myself: but every one hath called every one, so let him walk : his proper gift from God; one after and so in all churches I teach. this manner, and another after that. 18 Is any man called being cir

8 But I say to the unmarried, and cumcised ? let him not procure unto the widows: it is good for them circumcision. Is any man called if they so continue, even as I. in uncircumcision ? let him not be

9 But if they do not contain them- circumcised. selves, let them marry. For it is 19 Circumcision is nothing, and better to marry than to be burnt. uncircumcision is nothing: but the

10 But to them, that are married, observation of the commandments not I, but the Lord commandeth, of God. that the wife depart not from her 20 Let every man abide in the husband.

same calling in which he was called. 11 And if she depart, that she 21 Wast thou called, being a bondremain unmarried, or be reconciled man? care not for it: but if thou to her husband. And let not the mayest be made free, use it rather. husband put away his wife.

22 For he that is called in the 12 For to the rest I speak, not Lord, being a bond-man, is the the Lord. If any brother have a freeman of the Lord. Likewise he wife that believeth not, and she that is called being free, is the consent to dwell with him; let him bond-man of Christ. not put her away,

23 You are bought with a price, 13 And if any woman have a be not made the bond slaves husband that believeth not, and he men. consent to dwell with her; let her 24 Brethren,let every man wherenot put away her husband. in he was called, therein abide with

14 For the unbelieving husband God. is sanctified by the believing wife: 25 Now concerning virgins, I have and the unbelieving wife is sancti- no commandment of the

Lord: but fied by the believing husband : I give counsel, as having obtained otherwise your children should be mercy of the Lord, to be faithful. unclean; but now they are holy. 26 I think therefore that this is

15 But if the unbeliever depart, good for the present necessity, that let him depart. For a brother or it is good for a man so to be. sister is not under servitude in such 27 Art thou bound to a wife ? cases. But God hath called us in seek not to be loosed. Art thou peace.

Joosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 16 For how knowest thou, O wife, 28 But if thou take a wife, thou whether thou shalt save thy hus- hast not sinned. And if a virgin band? or how knowest thou, O man, I marry, she hath not sinned : never

Ver. 6. By indulgence. That is, by a condescension to your weakness.

Ver. 9. If they do not contuin, &c. This is spoken of such as are free ; and not of such as, by vow, have given their first faith to God : to whom, if they will use proper means to obtain it, God will never refuse the gift of continency. The Protestants have corrupted this text, by rendering it, if they cannot

contain. Ver. 12. I speak, not the Lord, viz. By an express commandment or erdinance.

Ver. 14. Is sanctified. The meaning is not that the faith of the husband or the wife is et. itself' sufficient to put the unbelieving party, or their children, in the state of grace and sai vation : but that it is very often an occasion of their sanctification, by bringing them to these true faith.

theless, such shall have tribulation in his heart, to keep his virgin, of the flesh. But 1 spare you.

doth well. 29. This therefore I say, brethren: 38 Therefore both he that giveth the time is short : it remaineth, his virgin in marriage, doth well : that they also who have wives, be and he that giveth her not, doth as if they had none :

better. 30 And they that weep, as though 39 A woman is bound by the law they wept not : and they that re- as long as her husband liveth: but :!ce, is in ihes rejoiced pot: and if her husband die, she is at liberty: they that buy, as thougn tney pus- let her marry to whom she will: onsessed not :

ly in the Lord. 31 And they that use this world, 40 But more blessed shall she be, as if they used it not: for the if she so remain, according to my fashion of this world passeth away. counsel : and I think that I also

32 But I would have you to be have the spirit of God. without solicitude. He that is with

CHAP. VIII. that belong to the Lord, how he N that are sacrificed to idols, we out a wife, is solicitous for the things Things offered toidols not to be eaten. may please God.

33 But he that is with a wife, is know that we all have knowledge. solicitous for the things of the Knowledge puffeth up; but charity world, how he may please his wife: edifieth. and he is divided.

2 And if any man think that he 34 And the unmarried woman knoweth any thing, he hath not yet and the virgin thinketh on the known as he ought to know. things of the Lord : that she may 3 But if any man love God, the be holy both in body and in spirit. same is known by him. But she that is married thinketh on 4 But as for the meats that are the things of the world, how she sacrificed to idols, we know that an may please her husband.

idol is vothing in the world, and 35 And this I speak for your pro- that there is no God, but one. fit : not to cast a snare upon you, 5 For although there be that are but for that which is decent, and called gods, either in heaven, or on which may, give you power, to at-earth (for there be gads many, and lend upon the Lord, without impe- lords many :) dimeni.

6 Yet to us there is but one God, 36 But if any, man think that he the Father of whom are all things, seemeth dishonoured with regards and we unto him : and one Lord to his virgin, for that she is above Jesus Christ, by whom are all the age, and it must so be: let him things, and we by him. do what he will : he sinneth not, if 7 But there is not knowledge in

every one. For some, until this 37 For he that hath determined present with conscience of the idol, : being steadfast in his heart, having eat as a thing sacrificed to an idol : po necessity, but having power of and their conscience, being weak, his own will; and hath judged this is defiled.',

she marry:

Ver. 36. Let him do what he will, he sinneth not, &c. The meaning is not; as libertines would have it, that persons may do what they will, and not sin; provided they afterwards marry: but that the father with regard to the giving his virgin in marriage, may do as he pleuseth ; and that it will be no sin to him if she marry.

Ver. 1. Knowledge puffeth up, &c. Knowledge, without charity and humility, servech only to puff persons up.

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8 But meat doth not commend | a flock, and eateth not of the milk us to God. For neither, if we eat, of the flock ? shall we have the more: nor if we 8 Speak I these things according eat not, shall we have the less. to man ? Or doth not the law also

9 But take heed lest perhaps this say these things ? your liberty become a stumbling 9 For it is written in the law of block to the weak.

Moses: Thou shalt not muzzle the 10 For if a man see him that hath mouth of the ox that treadeth out the knowledge, sit at meat in the idol's corn. Doth God take care for oxen? temple; shall not his conscience,be 10 Or doth he say this indeed for ing weak, be emboldened to eat our sakes ? For these things are those things which are sacrificed written for our sakes : that he that to idols?

plougheth should plough in hope : 11 And through thy knowledge and he that thresheth, in hope to shall the weak brother perish, for receive fruit. whom Christ hath died ?

11 If we have sown unto yon 12 Now when you sin thus against spiritual things, is it a great matter the brethren, and wound their weak if we reap your carnal things? consciences, you sin against Christ. 12 If others be partakers of this

13 Wherefore if meat scandalize power over you ; why not we ramy brother, I will never eat flesh, ther? Nevertheless we have not lest I should scandalize my brother. used this power : but we bear all CHAP. IX.

things, lest we should give any hinRunning in race, &c. drance to the gospel of Christ.

M not I free ? Am I not an Know you not, that they who CHRI$T Jesus our Lord ? Are not things that are of the holy place : you my work in the Lord ? and they that serve the altar, par

2 And if unto others I bé n'ot'an take with the altar? apostle, but yet to

you

I am. For 14 So also the Lord ordained you are the seal of my apostleship that they who preach the gospel, in the Lord :

should live by the gospel. 3 My defence with them that do 15 But I have used none of these examine me is this.

things. Neither have I written 4 Have not we power to eat and these things, that they should be $0 to drink?

done unto me; for it is good for me 5 Have we not power to carry to die, rather than any man should about a woman a sister, as well as make my glory void. the rest of the apostles, and the 16 For if 1 preach the gospel : it brethren of the Lord, and Cephas ? is no glory to me :' for a necessity

6 Or I only and Barnabas have lieth upon me: for wo is unto me it not we power to do this?

I preach not the gospel. 7 Who serveth as a soldier at any 17 For if I do this thing willingly, time, at his own charges? Who I have a reward: but if against my planteth a vineyard, and eateth not will, a dispensation is committed of the fruit thereof? Who feedeth to me,

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Ver. 13. If meat scandalize. That is, if my eating cause my brother to sin.

Ver. 5. A woman, c sister. Protestants have not fairly translated this text, by render ing it, a sister, a wife: whereas, it is certain, St. Paul had no wife, (Chap. vii. 7, 8.) and that he only speaks of such devout women as, according to the custom of the Jewish pation waited upon the preachers of the gospel,

Ver. 16. It is no glory. That is, I have nothing to glory of.

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18. What is my reward then? That

CHAP. X. preaching the gospel, I may deliver We are to fly from the service of idols. the gospel without charge, that I JOR

rant, brethren, that our fathers 19 For whereas I was free as to were all under the cloud, and all all, I made myself the servant of passed through the sea. all : that I might gain the more. 2 And all in Moses were bapti

20 And I became to the Jews a zed, in the cloud, and in the sea : Jew, that I might gain the Jews. 3 And did all eat the same spi

21 To them that are under the ritual food. law, as if I were under the law 4 And all drank the same spi(whereas myself was not under the ritual drink (and they drank of the law) that I might gain them that spiritual rock that followed them, were under the law. To them that and the rock was Christ,). were without the law, as if I were 5 But with the most of them God without the law (whereas I was not was not well pleased: for they were without the law of God, but was in overthrown in the desert. the law of Christ) that I might gain 6 Now these things were done in a them that were without the law. figure of us, that we should not co

22 To the weak I became weak, vet evil things, as they also coveted. that I might gain the weak. I be 7 Neither become ye idolators, came all things to all men, that I as some of them: as it is written: might save al).

The people sat down to eat and 23 And I do all things for the drink, and rose up to play. gospel's sake: that I may be made 8 Neither let us commit fornicapartaker thereof.

tion, as some of them committed 24. Know you not that they that fornication, and there fell in one run in the race, all run indeed, but day three and twenty thousand, one receiveth the prize ? So run 9 Neither let us tempt Christ : that you may obtain.

as some of them tempted, and pe25 And every one that striveth for rished by the serpents. the mastery, refraineth himself from 10 Neither do you murmur: as all things: and they indeed that they some of them murmured, and were may receive a corruptible crown : destroyed by the destroyer. but we an incorruptible one. 11 Now all these things happened

26 I therefore so run, not as at to them in figure: and they are writan uncertainty : I so fight, not as ten for our correction, upon whom one beating the air :;.

the ends of the world are come. 27 But I chastise my body, and 12 Wherefore he that thinketh bring it into subjection: Iest perhaps, himself to stand, let him take heed when I have preached to others, I lest ne fall. myself should become a cast-away. 13 Let no temptation take hold

Ver. 27. I chastise, &c. What will our new sectaries say to this, with all their presumptuous security ? Let them open their eyes now at least, and see that their faith, which excludes all fear, is not the faith of St. Paul. See chap. x. 12.

Ver. 2. In Moses. Under the conduct of Moses, they received baptism in figure, by passing under the cloud, and through the sea : and they partook of the body and blood of Christ in figure, by eating of the manna, (called here a spiritual food, because it was a figure of the true bread, which comes down from eaven,) and drinking the water, miraculous.y brought out of the rock, called here a spiritual rock"; because it was also a figure of Christ

Ver. 11. The ends of the world. That is, the last ages.

Ver. 13. Or, no templation halh taken hold of you, or come upon you as yet, but what to human, or incident to man. Ver. 13. Issue, or a way to escape.

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