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20 For ye are " bought with a price : therefore @glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

CHAP. VII. 2 He treateth of marriage, 4 showing it to be a remedy against for

nication : 10 und that the bond thereof ought not lightly to be dissolved : 18, 20 every man must be content with his vocation : 25 virginity wherefore to be embraced : 35 and for what respects we may either marry, or abstain from marrying.

NOW concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me : It is good for a man not to touch a wonan.

2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

3 Let the husband render unto the wife due

man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord ; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

d Gal. iii. 13: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us : for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. 2 Pet. ii. 1: The LORD that bought them. See on Acts, xx. 28.

e 1 Pet. ii. 9 : But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. a Ver. viii. 26.

CHAP. VII. Pro. v. 15, 18, 19: Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and the pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times ; and be thou ravished always with her love. Eph. v. 25, 28, 29: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ, also loved the Church. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church. Col. iii. 19: Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Exod. xxi. 10: If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. 1 Pet. iii. 7: Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them accord

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benevolence :1 and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4 The wife hath not power of her own body, 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 give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6 But I speak this by permission, and 5 not of commandment 3

7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper

I the good will that is due. Pu. 2 by way of üdvice. Han. Pu. 3 by way of precept. Ham. We. ing to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that

your prayers be not hindered. . Exod. xix. 15: Be ready against the third day: come not

wives, 1 SAM. xxi. 4,5: There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women. And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days.

e Joel, ii. 15, 16: Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly :let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Zec. vii. 3: And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?

See on 1 Thes, iii. 5. & Ver. 10, 12, 25, 40. 2 Cor. viii. 8: I speak not by commandment. do. xi. 17 : That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord.

6 Acts, xxvi. 29 : I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

il Cor. ix. 5 : Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles ?

k Mat. xix, 11, 12: All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. There be eunuchs,-which have made

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God, one after this manner, and another after

that.

8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, m let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.5

10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, 'Let not the wife depart from her husband :

11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband : and let not the husband put away his wife.

12 But to the rest speak İ, P not the Lord : If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put

her away

13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband : else I were your children unclean ; but now are they holy.

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to be inflamed. Pu.

themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let hiin receive it. 1 Cor. xii. 11: All these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

I Ver. 1, 26.

m 1 Tim. v. 14: I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

n See ver. 12, 25, 40. • See on Mat. v. 32. p Ver. 6.

9 Mal. ii. 15 : Did not he make one ? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one ? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

15 But if the unbelieving départ, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage6 in such cases : but God hath called 'us to peace.

16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt 'save thy husband ? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so "ordain I in all churches.

18 Is any man called being circumcised ? let him not become 'uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision ? let him not be circumcised.

6 enslaved. Ham. Whit.

'Gr. in peace. A. V.

8 what. A. V.

See on MARK, ix. 50.

s 1 Pet. iii. 1, 2: Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands ; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

+ Ver. 20, 24.

u 1 Cor. iv. 17: Who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. do. xi. 16 : If any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the Churches of God. do. xiv. 33 : God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 2 Cor. xi. 28 : Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

v1 Mac. i. 15: And made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen.

"Acts, xv. 1, 5, 19, 24, 28: And certain men wbich came down from Judæa taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us bave troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law : to whom we gave no such commandment.

19 * Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

20 Let every man " abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

21 Art thou called being a servant ? * care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman :10 likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price ; be not ye

the servants of men.

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For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things. ĞAL. v. 2: Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

XGAL. v. 6: In Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. do. vi. 15: In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Col. iii. 11: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

y John, xv. 14: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 1 John, ii. 3 : And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. do. iii. 24 : And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

2 PRO. xxvii. 8: As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

a Heb. xiii. 5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

b Phile. 16: Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord ? See on John, viii. 36.

• Eph. vi. 6: Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God'from the heart. 1 Cor.ix. 21 : GAL. v. 13: 1 Pet. ii. 16. See on John, viii. 36.

d Lev. xxv, 42: For they are my servants, which I brought

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