Default Feature Image for Post

Twisting the Word – Laws for Marriage



I just read a sloppy exegesis claiming that apostle Paul was married by trying to argue from the same Greek root word used in describing these distinct cases in 1 Corinthians 7.

Here’s a reply discussing that misguided post:

The exegesis is “adding” to the Word things which are not written exactly the same way how Hell became eternal instead of age-during too.

Fact is, apostle Paul is unmarried.

Here’s a proper exegesis:

The meaning of the root word translated as unmarried in 1 Corinthians 7:8 also occurs in 1 Corinthians 7:11 & 1 Corinthians 7:32.

It all means “never married” consistently:

“But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.” (1 Corinthians 7:8, NASB)

Apostle Paul clearly spoke of “cases” in 1 Corinthians 7. For example, should he wanted to mean “unmarried” in the sense of “separated/divorced but married before”, he would have written “as I am” in verse 1 Corinthians 7:11, which he did not.

As for 1 Corinthians 7:32, the “unmarried” is contrasted against being “married” in 1 Corinthians 7:33 & includes both the “separated or never married case” together as discussed prior as 1 Corinthians 7:34 implies too.

In 1 Corinthians 7:8, the “unmarried” refers to the “never married” together with the “widows” which are ‘allowed’ to marry as the next verse 1 Corinthians 7:9 clearly says (‘a choice’).

If as the author claims that the “unmarried” in 1Corinthians 7:8 implies that “it includes those married but separated”, then the next verse, 1 Corinthians 7:9 implies that these ones “can marry” which is a contradiction!


Because those “divorced or separated” “cannot” marry but may remain such or be reconciled back to their spouse as 1 Corinthians 7:11 clearly implies.

This agrees with 1 Corinthians 7:39 too that one can only marry if one has “never married before” or “one’s spouse has died” (1 Corinthians 7:39).

Thus 1 Corinthians 7:8 clearly cannot include the possibility that apostle Paul was married at all. The Bible and the verses are very clear regarding these distinctions of cases in this chapter itself.

Similar Posts