1 Corinthians 7:27

27 Are you married? Stay married. Are you unmarried? Don't get married.

1 Corinthians 7:27 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 7:27

Art thou bound unto a wife?
&c.] Or to a woman; either by promise, or by espousal, or by consummate marriage; either of which is a tic, or obligation, a bond, and especially the latter; marriage is such a bond as cannot be dissolved, but by the death of one of the parties; see ( Romans 7:2 ) unless in case of adultery, or of wilful desertion: and it is a bond which mutually obliges; as the husband is bound by the law of marriage to live chastely and lovingly with his wife, and to take care of her, and provide for her; so the wife is bound by the same law to live in like manner with her husband, and to submit unto him, and obey him:

seek not to be loosed;
do not depart from her, nor seek to be divorced, nor even desire to be loosed by death:

art thou loosed from a wife?
being either never married, or else if having been married the wife is dead, or legally divorced for a just cause:

seek not a wife,
or woman; make no inquiry after one; be content to live without one; enter not into a marriage state, nor take any step towards it; it is best to continue loosed, for the reason above given, that is, provided the person has the gift of continence, otherwise not; see ( 1 Corinthians 7:5 ) .

1 Corinthians 7:27 In-Context

25 The Master did not give explicit direction regarding virgins, but as one much experienced in the mercy of the Master and loyal to him all the way, you can trust my counsel.
26 Because of the current pressures on us from all sides, I think it would probably be best to stay just as you are.
27 Are you married? Stay married. Are you unmarried? Don't get married.
28 But there's certainly no sin in getting married, whether you're a virgin or not. All I am saying is that when you marry, you take on additional stress in an already stressful time, and I want to spare you if possible.
29 I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don't complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple - in marriage,