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REV. P. DODDRIDGE, D. D.
A PARAPHRASE ON THE REMAINING PART
OF ST. PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS,
AMA SCRIPTURAS SANCTAS, & AMABIT TE SAPIENTIA. HIERON.
FOR THE EDITORS; CONDER, BUCKLERSBURY; BUTTON, PATERNOSTER-ROW;
PRINTED BY EDWARD BAINES,
ABEL, NORTHAMPTON; AND
PARAPHRASE AND NOTES
ON THE REMAINING PART OF
THE FIRST EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS.
The apostle proceeds to answer certain questions which the Corinthians had put to him; and first, what related to the marriagestate; and in these introductory verses, he determines that in some circumstances it should be entered into,'and continued in, but in others, forborne; and forbids wives to depart from their husbands. 1 Cor. VII.-1-11.
1 COR. VII. 1.
1 CORINTHIANS VII. 1.
NOW concerning the
things whereof ye NOW! proceed to give you my opinion concerning those things about which you wrote to
wrote unto me: It is
And I begin with that concerning the law- 1 Cor. fulness or expedience of marriage. And here I VII. 1. must first observe, that as to its expedience, [it is] in present circumstances good for a man, where he is entirely master of himself, to have nothing to do with a woman; so many are the conveniences which recommend a single life to those who are proof against some of its most 2 Nevertheless, to obvious temptations. Nevertheless, as the 2
acoid fornication, let God of nature has for certain wise reasons im-
planted in the sexes a mutual inclination to each very woman have her other, in order to prevent fornication, and every other species of uncleanness,. let every men have and retain his own proper wife, and let every woman have and retain her own proper husband for neither divorce nor poligamy are by
Marriage is necessary to prevent fornication;
SECT. by any means agreeable to the genius of the
Let the husband, where this relation is comVII. 3. menced, render all due benevolence to the wife, and in like manner also the wife to the husband: let them on all occasions be ready mutually to oblige, and consult the happiness of each other's life. And let them not imagine that there is any perfection in living separate from each 4 other, as if they were in a state of celibacy. For the wife hath not in this respect power over her own body, but hath by the marriage-covenant transferred it to the husband; and in like man. ner also, the husband hath not power over his own body, but it is, as it were, the property of the wife; their engagements being mutual,so that on every occasion conscience obliges them to remain appropriate to each other, and consult their mutual good.
3 Let the husband
due benevolence: and
render unto the wife likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not
power of her own bo
dy, but the husband:
and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body,but the wife.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except
it be with consent for a time, that ye may
Withdraw not therefore from the company of each other, unless [it be] by consent for a time; that ye may be at leisure to devote yourselves more intensly to fasting and prayer, and that give yourselves to fastye may come together again as usual; lest Satan ing and prayer; and come together atempt you on account of your incontinence, and gain, that Satan tempt take occasion from the irregular sallies of you not for your inanimal nature, to fill you with thoughts and passions, which marriage was in its original institution intended to remedy.
6 But you will observe, that I say this by per- 6 But I speak this
By permission.] cannot, with Mr. Gredeck, think, that the meaning of this clause, is, “I permit marriage, but do not enjoin it," and have clevere observed, that this verse, and others in this context, nearly parallel to it, will be so far from affording, or any interpretation, an objection against the general nspiration of
7 For I would that
7 But as for the main question we are now
man hath his proper
Paul's epistles, that they will rather strengthen the proof of it. See Essay on Inspiration in Vol. VIII.
b That all men were even as myself.] Common sense requires us to limit this expression as in the paraphrase; for it would be a most flagrant absurdity to suppose that St. Paul wished marriage might entirely