F I R S T C O R I N T H I A N
In this chapter the apostle answers some cases
proposed to him by the Corinthians about marriage. He, I. Shows
them that marriage was appointed as a remedy against fornication,
and therefore that persons had better marry than burn, ver. 1-9. II. He gives direction to
those who are married to continue together, though they might have
an unbelieving relative, unless the unbeliever would part, in which
case a Christian would not be in bondage, ver. 10-16. III. He shows them that
becoming Christians does not change their external state; and
therefore advises every one to continue, in the general, in that
state in which he was called, ver.
17-24. IV. He advises them, by reason of the present
distress, to keep themselves unmarried; hints the shortness of
time, and how they should improve it, so as to grow dead and
indifferent to the comforts of the world; and shows them how
worldly cares hinder their devotions, and distract them in the
service of God, ver.
25-35. V. He directs them in the disposal of their
virgins, ver. 36-38. VI.
And closes the chapter with advice to widows how to dispose of
themselves in that state, ver. 39,