Letting virgin daughters marry or remain virgins

1 Corinthians Bible Background

08.26.2015 New Testament: 1Co 7.36–38

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 7.25–40 on August 26, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

As Paul discussed marriage, he said that it is better not to marry. Hence it would be better if a father did not let his virgin daughter marry, but the Spirit knows not everyone can accept that condition in life. Therefore, concerning virgin daughters, the apostle said,

But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let them marry. Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well. So then he who gives her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better (1 Corinthians 7.36–38). 

With something like marriage, the Lord does not want to make a blanket instruction, because every person and every situation is different.

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