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24 Brethren, elet every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

25 Now concerning virgins I have 'no commandment of the Lord : yet I give my judgment," as one that haths obtained mercy of the Lord to. be h faithful.

26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress,12 I say, that "it is good for a man so to be.

27 Art thou bound unto a wife ? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.

28 ’But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned ; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short :

11 counsel. Ma. Cr. Bi. Rh. 12 necessity. A. V. forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bond

See on Acts, xx. 28. e Ver. 17. See on ver. 20. See on ver. 6.

8.1 Tim. i. 16: For this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. b1 Tim. i. 12. See on 1 Cor. iv. 2.

Luke, xxi. 23: Woe unto them that are with child, and them that give suck, in those days ! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. k Ver. 1-8.

Heb. xiii. 4: Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

m MAT. xxiv. 13, 14: He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations : and then shall the end come. Luke, xviii. 8: I tell you, he will avenge them speedily. Rom. xii, 11, 12: And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Phi. iv. 5: The Lord is at hand. Heb. x. 25, 37; But exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approach

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it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that "buy, as though they possessed not ;

31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it:13 for the P fashion of this world passeth away. - 32 But I would have you without careful

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ing. Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. JAMES, v. 8, 9: Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts : for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Behold, the judge standeth before the door. 1 Pet. iv. 7 : The end of all

things is at hand : be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 2 Pet. iii. 8, 9, 11, 14: Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness? Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. Rev. i. 3: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein : for the time is at hand. do. xxii. 10 : Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book ; for the time is at hand.

Ezek. vii. 12 : The time is come, the day draweth near : let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn : for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

0:1 Cor. is. 18 : What is my reward then ? Verily that, when I preach the Gospel, I may make the Gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the Gospel: p See on JAMES, iv. 14. 9 See on MAT. vi. 25.

11 Tim. v. 5: She that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

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things that belong to the Lord,14 how he may please the Lord :

33 But he that is married ® careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit : but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

35 And this I speak for your own profit ; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not : let them marry

37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed 15 in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.

38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

39 The wife is bound by the law, as long as her husband liveth ; but if her husband be dead,

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14 Gr. of the Lord, as ver. 34. A. V. 15 determined. Ham. Whit.

* Luke, x. 40, 42: But Martha was cumbered about much serying, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. But one thing is needful : and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

See on 1 Thes. v. 23. u See on ver. 28. See on Rom. vii. 2. w.Rom. vii. 3: If, while her husband liveth, she be married

she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only " in the Lord. i 40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and ? I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

CHAP. VIII. 1 To abstain from meats offered to idols : 8, 9 we must not abuse our

Christian liberty, to the offence of our brethren, 11 but must bridle our knowledge with charity.

NOW as touching things offered unto a idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but d charity' edifieth. 2 And if any man think that he knoweth any

I love. Co. Ma, Cr. Gen. Dod. We, Pu. to another man, she shall be called an adulteress : but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

* 2 Cor. vi. 14: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.

y Ver. 23.

21 Thes. iv. 8: He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. 2 Pet. iii. 15, 16: Our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.

CHAP. VIII. a See on Acts, xv. 20, 29.

b Rom. xiv. 14, 22: I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

• ISA. xlvii. 10: Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. Rom. xiv. 3, 10: Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth : for God hath received him. Why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

d 1 Cor. xiii. throughout. * Rom. xi. 25 : For I would not, brethren, that ye should be

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thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is 6 nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in

your own conceits. 1 Corxiii. 8, 9, 12 : Whether there be prophecies, they shall fail ; whether there be tongues, they shall cease ; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face : now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. GAL. ii. 6: They who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing

do. vi. 3: If any man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. I Tim. vi. 3,4: If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ-He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words.

Exod. xxxiii. 12, 17: And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people : and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken : for thou hast found grace

in my sight, and I know thee by name. Nah. i. 7: The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble ; and he knoweth them that trust in him. See on Mat. vii. 23, and on 2 Tim. ii. 19.

& Isa. xli. 24: 1 Cor. x. 19. See on Acts, xiv. 15.

h Ver. 6. Isa. xliv. 8: Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. See on MARK, xii. 29.

Deut. x. 17: The LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords. Ps. lxxxii. 6: I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most high. Exod. xxii. 9 The cause of both parties shall come before the judges. JOHN, X. 34—36 : Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God camesay ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified ? &c.

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