6:1 [T: +How] Dare any [T: +one] of you, having a matter against [GBT: business against (BT: with)] another, go to law before [GBT: be judged under] the unjust [T: wicked], and not before [GBT: rather (G omits) under] the saints?

6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world [G: +then] shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters [T: not good enough to judge small trifles]?      qtext

6:3 Know ye not [BT: +how] that we shall judge angels? how much more [T: +may we judge] things that pertain to this [T: the] life?      qtext

6:4 If then ye have judgments [B: judgment] of things pertaining to this life [T: worldly matters], set [GB: set up; T: take] them to judge [GT omit] who [GBT: which] are least esteemed in the church [T: despised in the congregation and make them judges] .

6:5 I speak [GB: I speak it; T: This I say] to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a [T: Is their utterly no] wise man among you? no, not one [T: What, not one at all] that shall be able to [GBT: can] judge between his brethren [BT: brother and brother?]      qtext

6:6 But [G: +a; BT: +one] brother goeth to law with brother [G: a brother; BT: another], and that before [GBT: under] the unbelievers [G: infidels].

6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among [G: altogether infirmity in] you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take [GBT: rather suffer ye not] wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded [GBT: rather sustain (BT: suffer) ye not harm (T: yourselves to be robbed)]?      qtext

6:8 Nay, ye [GBT: +yourselves] do wrong, and defraud [GB: do harm; T; rob], and that your [GB: to your; T: the] brethren.


(1 Cor 6:1-4) GF3: 109

(1 Cor 6:2-6) GF6: 179; GF8: 173f [360]; GFEJ 379

(1 Cor 6:2) GF3: 90, 174, 371, 507; JN3: 459; IP3: 160; RBA 109; RBAF 81 [cf Wis 3:8 (SF)]

(1 Cor 6:2f) GF3: 36, 398; GF7: 300 [250]; GF8: 231 [383]; JN1: 9, 14 (GF), 51, 54, 368; IP4: 284

(1 Cor 6:3) IP3: 90

(1 Cor 6:4-7) GF2: 294

(1 Cor 6:5-7) JN1: 112, 157

(1 Cor 6:6f) JN3: 12

(1 Cor 6:7) GF7: 46 [38]; JN1: 20; WPR 643; WPT 163


(1 Cor 6:2-6)

GF8:173f (1679): For you may see how the Jews in the old covenant did judge of things among themselves, as long as they kept the law of God, and did not go to other nations, or to the heathens, for them to judge of their matters; and therefore the apostle reproves the Corinthians for that fault, "for going to law one with another before unbelievers [1 Cor 6:6]," and told them, that "the saints should judge the word," yea, angels; and then how much more might they judge of things appertaining to this life? And therefore the apostle exhorted, "If then ye have judgment of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge that are least esteemed in the church [1 Cor 6:2-4]"....

(1 Cor 6:2)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:2: IP3:160 (Mat 24:30)]

(1 Cor 6:2f)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:2f: JN1:51 (John 5:22)

IP4:284 (1675?): ...wherever Christ's life in any judgeth and condemneth any thing, that is judged and condemned by Christ. And the saints have power and authority, in Christ, not only to judge and condemn the world, but also to judge and condemn fallen angels and spirits [1 Cor 6:2f]. To what end are they bid to try the spirit [1 Jn 4:1], if after they have tried them, they may not judge and condemn what they find life and truth judging and condemning?

(1 Cor 6:5-7)

JN1:111f (1653): And Micah said the priests preached for hire [Mic 3:11], and he that did not put into their mouths, they prepared war against him [Mic 3:5]. Do not you priests sue men at law, if they do not put into your mouths? Nay, of your own church—and yet professes yourselves to be teachers of Christ. O for shame blush! Paul, that was a minister of Christ, said to the saints that went to law [1 Cor 6:7], there was not a wise man among them [1 Cor 6:5]. And here thou showest thyself to be no minister of Christ, no not to walk according to the letter, no not a wise man.

(1 Cor 6:7)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:7: JN1:20 (Mat 26:26-28)]


6:9 Know ye not [T: Do ye not remember how] that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers [T: neither worshippers of images neither whoremongers] nor effeminate [G: wantons; BT: weaklings], nor abusers of themselves with mankind [G: buggerers],      qtext

6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers [G: railers; BT; cursed speakers], nor extortioners [BT: pillers], shall inherit the kingdom of God.      qtext

6:11 And such were some of you [T: ye verily]: but ye are washed, but [T omits (2x)] ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in [T: by] the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.      qtext


(1 Cor 6:9-11) GF5: 98, 296; JN3: 233; RBA 183; RBAF 141

(1 Cor 6:9) JN1: 233; IP4: 355

(1 Cor 6:9f) GF3: 533; GF4: 16; GF5: 5; GF6: 156, 263; GF7: 156 [168], 196 [200], 275 [245]; GF8: 53 [302], 237 [389]; GFEJ 128; MFS 36; WDS 121 [cf Gal 5:21]

(1 Cor 6:10) DFR 75 [cf 2 Tim 3:2]

(1 Cor 6:11) GF7: 294 [249], 334, 335 [264]; GF8: 10 [265]; JN1: 74 (RF); JN3: 212, 241, 244, 399; IP3: 229; RBA 167, 186, 193; RBAF 8 (125), 143, 147; EQ 327 (BC); HPS 357 (EB); WPR 505n


(1 Cor 6:9-11)

RBA 183, RBAF 141 (1678, VII.7): [quotes 1 Cor 6:11] First, this "justified" here understood, must needs be a being made really just , and not a being merely imputed such; else "sanctified" and "washed" might be reputed a being esteemed so, and not a being really so; and then it overturns the whole intent of the context. For the apostle showing them in the preceding verses, how the "unrighteous cannot inherit the kingdom of God," and descending to the several species of wickedness [1 Cor 6:9f], subsumes, that they were sometimes [once] such, but now are not any more such. Wherefore, as they are now washed and sanctified, so are they justified; for if this justification were not real, then it might be alleged that the Corinthians had not forsaken these evils, but were, though still they continued in them, notwithstanding justified.

(1 Cor 6:9)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:9: IP4:355 (Mat 7:23)]

(1 Cor 6:9f)

GF4:16 (1653): [The light] will never let thee follow drunkenness, nor vain company, for who lives in that nature, are without God, and shall never inherit the kingdom of God; therefore beware, this light will keep thee from adultery and whoredom, for such will God judge; and the light will keep thee from theft, quarreling and fighting, and abusing thyself with mankind, and envy [1 Cor 6:9f], and it will keep in the fear of God; this light which is of God, lets thee see all the works of the world.

(1 Cor 6:10)

DFR 75 (1774): ...are the people at this day determined to disregard the sentence of the Almighty against extortioners, which solemnly declares that "no extortioner shall inherit the kingdom of God [1 Cor 6:10]." If the usage generally extended to the negroes, be not "extortion," I know not where to look for anything that deserves the name!

(1 Cor 6:11)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:11: GF7:334 (Gen 6:2), JN1:74 (Rev 13:7), RBA 193 (Rom 3:24)]


6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient [GBT: profitable]: all things are lawful for me [GT: I may do all things], but I will not [T omits] be brought under the power of any [G: + thing; T: no man's power].      qtext

6:13 Meats [GBT: +are ordained] for the belly, and the belly for [G: +the] meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for [T: Let not the body be applied unto] fornication, but for [T: unto (2x)] the Lord; and the Lord for the body.      qtext

6:14 And God hath both [G: hath also; B: both hath; T: hath] raised up the Lord, and will also [GT: shall; B: also shall] raise up us by his own power.      qtext


(1 Cor 6:12) GFJN 679; MFS 93

(1 Cor 6:13-20) GF5: 296; GF6: 156f

(1 Cor 6:13) GF4: 321; GF7: 266 [240], 282 [246]; MFS 92; WPR 78

(1 Cor 6:14-17) GF5: 98

(1 Cor 6:14) IP3: 199


(1 Cor 6:12)

GFJN 679 (1674): Then said he, "It's lawful to swear, and Christ did not forbid swearing before a magistrate but swearing by the sun and the like." Which I bid him prove by the Scriptures. But he could not, but brought that saying of Paul's where he said all things were lawful to him, etc. [1 Cor 6:12], and "If," said he, "all things wer elawful to him, then swearing etc." Then said I unto him, "By this argument thou mayst also affirm that drunkenness and adultery and all manner of sin and wickedness are lawful also, as well as swearing."

(1 Cor 6:13)

GF7:266 (1664): And also ye may see what differences there were among the churches in the primitive times, about meats, drinks, days, and times [Col 2:16], but the apostle tells them the kingdom of God stands not in such things, but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy ghost [Rom 14:17]. And they were not to judge one another about such things [Col 2:16]; for meats were for the belly, and the belly for meats, but God would destroy both them and it [1 Cor 6:13], and showed them that it was below christians to jangle about such things.

(1 Cor 6:14)

IP3:199 (1671): Query 7 [on Isa 54]. By whom do they gather together, who gather together against such a people [Isa 54:15]? Certainly it is not by the Lord, nor by any advice or counsel from him; but by the advice of that spirit which opposeth himself against the power and work of the Lord: and that spirit must fall for the sakes of those [Isa 54:15] whom God hath raised up by his power [1 Cor 6:14], and undertaketh to defend.


6:15 Know [T: Either remember] ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then [T: now] take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.      qtext

6:16 What? [GBT omit] know ye not [GT: do ye not know (T: understand)] that he which is joined to [GBT: coupleth himself with] an harlot is [T: +become] one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.      qtext

[1 Cor 6:16, cf Gen 2:24]

6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.      qtext

6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin [T: All sins] that a man doeth is [T: are] without the body; but he that committeth fornication [T: is a fornicator] sinneth against his own body.      qtext


(1 Cor 6:15-20) GF5: 428f; GF6: 264

(1 Cor 6:15) MFS 92; WDS 268f

(1 Cor 6:15f) EQ 176

(1 Cor 6:16) GF7: 292f [249]; MFS 27 [cf Eph 5:31]

(1 Cor 6:16f) GF7: 38 [32], 42 [34]; MFU 171; JN1: 14 (GF)

(1 Cor 6:17) GF3: 34; GF4: 286; GF7: 46 [38]; 152 [161]; MFS 32, 125; MFU 214; JN1: 11 (GF), 288, 367, 369, 496; IP3: 8, 388, 520; IP4: 287, 342; RBA 208, 301, 376; RBAF 157, 255, 329; HPS 207; JSS 9, 19, 28, 42, 58, 67 [cf Jer 50:5, Rom 7:4]

(1 Cor 6:18) GF6: 173; GF8: 35 [286] [cf 2 Cor 5:10]


(1 Cor 6:15)

WDS 268f (1688): Who will not die for this eternal life? Now, the matter lies in the death of our own wills; when you have done the will of God, than watch that your own wills be slain, and that your cursed self take not the jewels of God, and his bracelets and ornaments, and bestow them upon self, and paint and deck cursed self [Ezek 16:15-17]: and take not the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot [1 Cor 6:15]; if you be dead to your own wills, you are risen with Christ....

(1 Cor 6:16)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:16: GF7:292f (Mat 24:1f)]

(1 Cor 6:16f)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:16f: MFU 171 (Mat 12:25f)]

GF7:38f (1653): To the pure all things are pure [Tit 1:15], being in the image of God above all the creatures below, not worshipping the host of heaven [Deut 4:19, 17:3; Acts 7:42], nor being in bondage to the creatures, nor minding any thing in comparison of that which is immortal, which joins you unto the Lord [1 Cor 6:17] ; and all that speak here, in that which is immortal, are joining unto the Lord. But that nature keep out, and that judge, which is mortal, which will join to the harlot [1 Cor 6:16], the fleshy; from all that there is to be a separation.

(1 Cor 6:17)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:17: GF7:46 (Luk 14:33), GF7:152 (Mat 6:22), JN1:288f (Rom 8:9), JN1:367 (John 10:30)]

MFS 32 (1660): When the wind blows, the storms and the tempests beat, this house will stand [Mat 7:24f]: for they that are joined to the Lord are one spirit with him [1 Cor 6:17] and of one heart and soul [Acts 4:32]. If they were ten thousand, they are all one, and all of one, who are begotten, born, brought forth, and sanctified by one Spirit [Eph 4:3f].

IP4:342 (167-): And he that is born of the Spirit is Spirit [John 4:3]; and he that is united to the Lord is one Spirit [1 Cor 6:17]; and he that is united to the seed, to the measure of grace and truth from Christ [John 1:17] (wherein and whereby the soul is united), is united to God, and ingrafted into Christ; and as the seed is formed in him, Christ is formed in him [Gal 4:19]; and as he is formed and new- created in the seed, he is the workmanship of God, formed and new-created in Christ [Eph 2:10].

JSS 67 (179-): Complete salvation is complete reconciliation to, and union with God. "He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit [1 Cor 6:17]." "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself [2 Cor 5:19];" "of twain making one new man, and so making peace [Eph 2:15]." Peace can never be fully known whilst the twain remains. All that is in man, even "every thought," must be "brought into captivity," or subjection, "to the obedience of Christ [2 Cor 10:5]."

(1 Cor 6:18)

GF8:35 (1671): ... God is present, beholding all your actions done in your bodies, and your consenting to your evil thoughts, lusts, or motions; the thoughts, what you will speak or act; or motions which you have not acted outwardly; but if you do consent to do them in your mind or heart, the Lord seeth them there to be done, though they be not done outwardly to the sight of men; and so to God you must give an account of things done in your bodies [2 Cor 5:10], and of things done out of the body [1 Cor 6:18]; for God both heareth, and seeth what is done in the body, and what is said and done without the body....


6:19 What? [T: Either] know ye not [T: +how] that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which [GBT: whom] ye have of God, and [T: +how that] ye are not your own?      qtext

6:20 For ye are bought with a price [G: bought for a price; BT: dearly bought]: therefore glorify God in your body [T: bodies], and in your spirit [T: spirits], which [GT: for they] are God's.      qtext

[1 Cor 6:20, cf 1 Cor 7:23]


(1 Cor 6:19) GFJN 76, 87, 125, 190; GF3: 80, 134; GF4: 97, 172, 350; GF5: 353; GF6: 44, 101; GF7: 73 [58], 133 [138], 282 [246], 292, 293 [249], 316, 318 [260]; GF8: 168 [359], 285, 286 [402]; GFEJ 219, 235; GFT 200; DGA 156; JN1: 13 (GF), 49; JN2: 5, 40, 71, 437, 460, 463; JN3: 701n (RR); IP3: 85; IP4: 77; RBA 41; RBAF 31; EQ 507 (GF), 530 (BR); HPS 342 (EB), 532; WPR 268, 276; JWJM 143; SIW 57

(1 Cor 6:19f) GF4: 326f; GF5: 96, 203-5, 337; GF7: 133 [138], 240 [226]; GFT 107; MFU 308, 385, 428; JN2: 350; IP4: 87

(1 Cor 6:20) GF2: 317; GF3: 168, 233, 237, 400; GF5: 364; GF7: 350 [264]; GF8: 221 [380]; GFT 116; IP4: 361; WPR 313, 371, 391; WPT 107 [cf 1 Cor 7:22]


(1 Cor 6:19)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:19: GF5:353 (Rev 4:5), GF7:73 (Rom 8:7), GF7:133 ([1] John 10:37f, [2] Rev 1:5), GF7:292 (Rev 9:2), GF8:286 (John 2:19), JN2:71 (Heb 4:10), IP3:85 (Mat 10:28), IP4:77 (John 2:21)]

RBA 41, RBAF 31 (1678, II.10): That this Spirit is inward, in my opinion needs no interpretation nor commentary. "He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you [John 14:17]." This indwelling of the Spirit in the saints, as it is a thing most needful to be known and believed, so is it as postively asserted in the Scripture as anything else can be. "If so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you," saith the apostle to the Romans (8:9); and again, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of the Holy Ghost [1 Cor 6:19], and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you [1 Cor 6:16]?": without this the apostle reckoneth no man a Christian. "If any man," saith he, "have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his [Rom 8:14]."

HPS 532 (Women's Yearly Meeting at York, 1688): And, friends, be not concerned in reference to marriage out of God's fear, but first wait to know your Maker to become your husband and the bridegroom of your souls, then you will come to know that you are not your own [1 Cor 6:19], but that he must have the ordering and disposing of you, in soul, body, and spirit, which are all his; for he, being the only one unto you, and the chiefest of ten thousand [Song 5:10] among you, will be your beloved and your friend [Song 5:16].

JWJM 143 (1764): Does he claim my body as his temple [1 Cor 6:19] and graciously grant that I may be sacred to him? Oh! that I may prize this favour and that my whole life may be conformable to this character.

SIW 57 (Ruth Alcock Follows to her husband, 1763): for though I am thine in one sense, yet as we are none of us our own [1 Cor 6:19], let us be willing to serve Him whose we are....

(1 Cor 6:19f)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:19f: GF7:240 (John 15:4f)]

(1 Cor 6:20)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 6:20: GF3:233 (John 15:8), GFT 116 (Isa 1:3)]

WPR 371 (1673): And we are his people, his chosen, bought with a price [1 Cor 6:20], and redeemed through such tribulations as (to us) never were, since the world began, and he is our Lord, our God, our King, our righteous Judge, and holy Lawgiver, whose lips preserve knowledge [Mal 2:7], and from whose mouth we daily receive his pure law of life to our instruction, refreshment, and establishment forever.


7:1 Now [B: Now as; T: As] concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is [G: were] good for a man not to touch a woman.

7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own [GT omit] wife, and let every woman have her own [T omits] husband.

7:3 Let the husband [T: man (2x)] render [GBT: give] unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

7:4 The wife hath not [GB: +the] power of [T: over (2x)] her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband [T: the man] hath not [GB: +the] power of his own body, but the wife.

7:5 Defraud ye not [T: Withdraw not yourselves] one the other [G: none another; B: the one the other; T: from one another], except it be with consent [B: both your consents] for a time, that ye may [T: to] give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and [BT: +afterward] come together again, that [T: again to the same thing lest] Satan tempt you not [T omits] for your incontinency.

7:6 But I speak this by permission [BT: This I say of favour], and not of [G: by] commandment.

7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself [GBT: +am] . But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

7:8 I say therefore to the [B: them that be] unmarried and [T: men and;G: and unto the] widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I [GT: +do].

7:9 But if they cannot contain [GBT: abstain], let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.      qtext

7:10 And unto the married I command, yet [GBT omit] not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband [T: that the wife separate not herself from the nan]:

7:11 But and if she depart [T: If she separate herself], let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband [BT: +again]: and let not the husband put away his wife [T: +from him].

7:12 But to the rest [GBT: remnant] speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased [GBT: if she be content] to dwell with him, let him not put her away [G: forsake her].

7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not [BT: to her husband an infidel], and if he be pleased [G: if he be content; BT: and (T: if) he consent] to dwell with her, let her not leave him [G: forsake him: BT: put him away].

7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by [G: to (2x)] the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy [T: pure].      qtext

7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases [GBT: in subjection in such cases (T: to such)]: but God hath called us to [GBT: in]peace.      qtext

7:16 For what [BT: how] knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband [T: that man or no]? or how [G: what] knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife [T: that woman or no]?

7:17 But [T: +even] as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one [T: +person] , so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches [T: congregations].      qtext


(1 Cor 7:1,7,9) GF7: 267 [240]

(1 Cor 7:9) GF3: 291, 293

(1 Cor 7:10,12) JN3: 725 (RR)

(1 Cor 7:14) GF3: 421, 554, 566; GF7: 267 [240], 327, 328 [262]; GF8: 41 [291], 111 [320]

(1 Cor 7:15) GF8: 139 [344]

(1 Cor 7:17) GF8: 117 [321]; MFU 195 [1 Cor 12:11]


(1 Cor 7:9)

GF3:291 (1659): And how have you broken into sects, and heaps, and into fables, and heaps of teachers after your own lusts, and are burning after them, and have broken wedlock [Ezek 16:38] with Christ: and ready to burn, and prison one another about churches and ministers' maintenance, as whole Christendom discovers. But I say it is better to marry than to burn [1 Cor 7:9].

(1 Cor 7:14)

GF3:421 (1659): [Thou sayst,] "I am conceived in sin, and born in inquity [Psa 51:5]." Then thy parents were not believers, so children unholy. For, "by nature children of wrath [Eph 2:3]", that is in the unconverted state, in the transgression, unbelievers; for they who by nature are children of wrath, are not born of the believers; for the unbelievers are sanctified by the believers, else were their children unholy, but now they are clean [1 Cor 7:14].

(1 Cor 7:15)

GF8:139 (1676): And my desires are in the Lord, that you may all walk worthy of your vocation [Eph 4:1], and of him that has called you to holiness [1 Th 4:7], and righteousness, and to peace [1 Cor 7:15]; so that his peace may flow as a river [Isa 48:18, 66:12], and righteousness run down as a stream [Amos 5:24], to the gladding of the city of God [Psa 46:4]; the walls of which are his power, and salvation [Isa 26:1], and light, and life.

(1 Cor 7:17)

MFU 195 (1656): Then as they are moved of the Lord, by his power & in his fear, they may take each other in the meeting, & speak what the unlimited power & spirit gives utterance [Acts 2:4]. And after the meeting Friends may draw a little note, concerning that action of the day, which they were witnesses of. And as many Friends, who are men, as are free, may set their hands to it. So that nothing be acted among Friends in the dark, & so come under reproach.... Let the little note be as followeth: "We whose names are under written do bear testimony in the presence of the Lord of the two persons (naming the parties) being joined together in marriage according to church order this day (naming the day of the month)." 1 Cor 7:17,22,38; 1 Tim 5:14.


7:18 Is any man [T: If any man be] called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised [GB: not gather his (B: add) uncircumcision; T: add nothing thereto] . Is any called in uncircumcision? [T: If any be called uncircumcised] let him not be circumcised.

7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God [T: +is altogether].      qtext

7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling [G: vocation; T: state] wherein he was called.      qtext

7:21 Art thou called being [BT omit] a servant? care not for it: but if [BT: nevertheless if; G: +yet] thou mayest be made [GBT omit] free, use it rather.

7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.      qtext

7:23 Ye are bought with a price [BT: dearly bought]; be not ye the servants of men [T: men's servants].

[1 Cor 7:23, cf 1 Cor 6:20]

7:24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.      qtext


(1 Cor 7:19) GF3: 333; RBA 195, 214; RBAF 149, 162; EQ 330 (BC); HPS 378 (EB)

(1 Cor 7:20) GF7: 88, 89 [79]; JN1: 90, 311, 492; WDS 121

(1 Cor 7:22-24) MFU 33; JN1: 90

(1 Cor 7:22) GF3: 578; GF4: 414; GF7: 88 [79], 311 [260], 348 [264]; GF8: 130 [337], 193 [366]; GFT 18; MFU 56, 195

(1 Cor 7:22f) GF5: 98; MFU 428

(1 Cor 7:23) WPR 137 [cf 1 Cor 6:20]

(1 Cor 7:24) JN1: 492; WDS 121


(1 Cor 7:19)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:19: RBA 195 (John 13:17)]

GF3:333 (1659): Thou sayst, "Circumcision nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commands of God [1 Cor 7:19], viz. of sanctifying God's sabbath." Circumcision was a command of God, and so was the sabbath, and they that love God, keep his commandments [1 Jn 5:2f]. And did not the apostle bring people off circumcision, and from the signs and shadows, the sabbath days, and told them the body was Christ [Col 2:16f]?

(1 Cor 7:20)

?[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:20: GF7:89 (John 1:29)]

WDS 121 (1655): All saints and children of the most High God [Psa 82:6], abide with God [1 Cor 7:24] in the calling whereunto you are called [1 Cor 7:20]; which call is the measure of light given unto you, which witnesses against all the deceitful twisting of the serpent within you, and sends up to your spirits the eternal love of God, in the free covenant of life in Jesus Christ.

(1 Cor 7:22-24)

MFU 33 (1653): And dear heart, for thy suffering, thou wilt not lose thy reward, if thou suffer patiently. And those who are brought with a price must not be servants of men [1 Cor 7:23]. But he that is called of the Lord being free, is Christ's servant [1 Cor 7:22], and every man, wherein he is called, is to abide with God [1 Cor 7:24], but this the world knows not. And this is our joy and our peace to follow the Lamb wherever he goes [Rev 14:4], through reproaches, whippings, stockings, imprisonment [2 Cor 6:5], through good report and evil report [2 Cor 6:8], glory and praises be to our God forevermore.

(1 Cor 7:22)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:22: MFU 195 (1 Cor 7:17)]

GF7:348 (1669): And all Friends, do that which ye do in the power of God, and then you are the Lord's freemen [1 Cor 7:22] in love, and not captives. For all which is done out of the power of God is in the captivity [Rom 7:23?].

(1 Cor 7:24)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:24: WDS 121 (1 Cor 7:20)]


7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment [G: but I give mine advice; BT: yet give I counsel] , as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

7:26 I suppose therefore that this is [G: then this to be; T: that it is] good for the present distress [GBT: necessity], I say, that [G: I mean that; B: for I say; T: For] it is good for a man so to be.

7:27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.

7:28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned [GBT: takest (B: marry; T: take) a wife, thou sinnest not]; and [T: Likewise] if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned [GT: sinneth not]. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the [BT: their] flesh: but I spare [B: bear with; T: favour] you.

7:29 But [G: And; T omits] this I say, brethren, [G: + because] the time is short: it remaineth [G: hereafter], that both [BT omit] they that have wives be as though they had none;      qtext

7:30 And they that weep, [T: +be] as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, [T: +be] as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, [T: +be] as though they possessed not;      qtext

7:31 And they that use this world [T: +be], as not abusing it [GBT: as though they used it not] : for the fashion of this world passeth [GBT: goeth] away.      qtext


(1 Cor 7:29-35) RBAF 408

(1 Cor 7:29-31) JN3: 589f (MS); WDS 270; RBA 450; EQ 342 (BC); WPR 647

(1 Cor 7:29) GF8: 292 [405]

(1 Cor 7:29f) GF7: 301 [250]; GF8: 231 [383]

(1 Cor 7:30) GF7:18 [273]

(1 Cor 7:30f) GF4: 100

(1 Cor 7:31) GF4: 141, 142; GF6: 99; GF7: 26 [19], 96 [85]; GF8: 95 [320], 260 [397], 292 [405], 298 [409]; MFU 22; JN1:151; WPR 50


(1 Cor 7:29-31)

WDS 269f (1688): There must be a resignation of ourselves to the will of God; it was so with the Lord Jesus and it is so with every true saint of God; you must be humbled as little children, before the judgment be taken away [Acts 8:33], and the loving kindness of God sealed upon your souls; if you seek this work of God, you will find it; if you seek it upon your beds, in all your labours and concernments, in all your stations and relations; if you press after the new birth, you must use this world as if you used it not [1 Cor 7:31G], and live a married life as if you were unmarried [1 Cor 7:29], for the fashion of this world passeth away [1 Cor 7:31].

RBA 450f (1678, XV.8) [continued from 1 Cor 10:31]: The apostle desires us (1 Cor 7:29,31): "Because the time is short, that they that buy should be, as though they possesed not. And they that used this world, as not abusing it", &c. But how can they be found in the obedience of this precept, that plead for the use of these games and sports? who, it seems, think the time so long that they cannot find occasion enough to employ it, neither in taking care for their souls, nor yet in the necessary care for their bodies, but invent these games and sports to pass it away, as if they wanted other work to serve God, or be useful to the creation in.

(1 Cor 7:30)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:30: GF8:18 (Heb 11:13)]

(1 Cor 7:30f)

GF4:100 (1656): This is the word of the Lord to you, ask no more than you will have for your commodity, and keep to yea and nay in your communication [Mat 5:37], and here will be an equal balancing of things, and a consideration before you utter words, and a using of this world, as though you used it not; and a possessing as though you possessed it not [1 Cor 7:30f]; and so you will come to shew a life like christians, and the spirit like christians....

(1 Cor 7:31)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:31: GF8:95 (1 Jn 2:16)]


7:32 But [G: And; BT omit] I would have you without carefulness [GBT: care] . He that is unmarried [G: The unmarried; T: the single man] careth for the things that belong to [GT: of] the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

7:33 But he that is [BT: hath] married [B: +a wife] careth for the things that are [GB omit] of the world, how he may please his wife.

7:34 There is difference also [BT omit] between a wife and a virgin [GBT: a virgin and a wife]. The unmarried [T: single] woman careth for the things [B: +that are] of the Lord, that she may be holy [T: pure] both in body and in spirit: but [B: Again] she that is married careth for the things of [B: that pertain to] the world, how she may please her husband.

7:35 And this I speak for your own [BT: This speak I for your] profit [G: commodity] ; not that I may cast a snare upon you [GBT: to tangle you in a snare], but for [GB: that ye (B: +may) follow] that which is comely [G: honest; BT: honest and comely (T: +unto you)], and that ye may attend upon [GB: cleave fast unto; T: quietly cleave unto] the Lord without distraction [GBT; separation].      qtext

7:36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward [GBT: it is uncomely for] his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age [the time of marriage], and need so require, let him do what he will [T: listeth], he sinneth not: let them marry [GB: be married; T: be coupled in marriage].

7:37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast [G: standeth firm; BT: purposeth surely] in his heart, having [G: that he hath] no necessity [GBT: need], but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, [G: +he] doeth well.

7:38 So then he that giveth her [BT: joineth his virgin] in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not [BT: joineth not his virgin] in marriage doeth better.      qtext

7:39 The wife is bound by [BT: to] the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead [T: if her husband sleep], she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.      qtext

7:40 But she is happier [G: more blessed] if she so abide, after [GT: in] my judgment: and I think also [G omits; BT: verily] that I have [G: +also] the Spirit of God.


(1 Cor 7:35) HPS 370 (EB)

(1 Cor 7:38) MFU 195

(1 Cor 7:39) DFR 85


(1 Cor 7:35)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:35: HPS 370 (John 8:32)]

(1 Cor 7:38)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 7:38: MFU 195 (1 Cor 7:17)]

(1 Cor 7:39)

DFR 85 (1768): A married state is the most desirable, and most comfortable of all states, provided we enter it, as the apostle says, "Only in the Lord [1 Cor 7:39]:" that is, as I understand him, under divine direction ,to the right person, at the right time, and in the right way. But of that person, time, and way, uninstructed by divine wisdom, we are by no means competent to judge....


8:1 Now [G: And; BT omit] as touching [T: To speak of] things offered [G: sacrificed; T: dedicated] unto idols, we know [BT: are sure] that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up [BT: maketh a man swell], but charity [GBT: love] edifieth.      qtext

8:2 And [G: Now; BT omit] if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.      qtext

8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

8:4 As concerning therefore [G: Concerning therefore; B: As concerning; T: To speak of] the eating of those things [G: the eating of things; T: meat] that are offered in sacrifice [G: sacrificed; B: that are offered; T: dedicated] unto idols, we know [BT: are sure] that an idol is nothing [T: there is none idol] in the world, and that there is none other God but one.      qtext

8:5 For [BT: And] though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many [G: many gods, and many lords],)

8:6 But to [GBT: Yet unto] us there is but one God, [GBT: which is] the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.      qtext


(1 Cor 8:1) GF7: 73 [58], 131 [133], 150 [158], 159 [171], 176 [187]; GF8: 47 [298], 129 [337]; MFU 357; JN2: 57; WDS 298, 300; IP1: 133; RBA 268; EQ 170

(1 Cor 8:1f) JN1: 69

(1 Cor 8:2) MFU 178; JN1: 50

(1 Cor 8:4-6) EQ 315 (BC)

(1 Cor 8:4) GF4: 385; IP1: 55

(1 Cor 8:5f) WPR 239, 318f; WPT 12, 133f

(1 Cor 8:6) GF5: 98, 225; IP4: 110; WPR 211, 217, 232, 318, 319; WPT 1, 41, 135f, 137, 144, 332


(1 Cor 8:1)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 8:1: GF7:131 (Jude 1:20), GF7:150 (Mat 5:9), GF7:159 (John 13:35), WDS 298 (Gen 2:17)]

RBA 268 (1678, X.23): What then shall I say to you who are lovers of learning and admirers of knowledge? Was I not also a lover and admirer of it, who also sought after it according to my age and capacity? But it pleased God, in his unutterable love early to withstand my vain endeavours while I was yet but eighteen years of age, and made me seriously to consider ... that "without holiness and regeneration, no man can see God [Heb 12:14]"; and that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to depart from iniquity a good understanding [Job 28:28]." And how much "knowledge puffeth up [1 Cor 8:1]" and leadeth away from that inward quietness, stillness, and humility of mind where the Lord appears ahd his heavenly wisdom is revealed.

(1 Cor 8:1f)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 8:1f: JN2:68f (Rom 1:18)]

(1 Cor 8:2)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 8:2: JN1:50 (1 Cor 2:13)]

(1 Cor 8:4)

IP1:55f (1658): [continued from 1 Jn 4:3] Now what is an idol? The Apostle Paul saith, "An idol is nothing in the world [1 Cor 8:4]." An idol is no true thing in its place; but a false thing set up instead of the true. A false conception of God in the mind is an idol; a false church or temple is an idol; a false minister, who is not made according to the appointment of God, and by the gift of his Spirit [2 Cor 3:5f, Eph 3:7], but came in another way [John 10:1], by the appointment of man, is an idol shepherd [Zech 11:17]; and the worship in this church, and by this ministry, is public idolatry; and all the worship in families, which has been erected after the same manner, without the guidance of the Spirit of God, is private idolatry.

(1 Cor 8:6)

WPR 232, WPT 41 (1668): ...I declare, on behalf of that despised people, vulgarly called Quakers, the grace of which we testify hath never taught us to acknowledge another God than he that's the Father of all things [1 Cor 8:6], who fills heaven and earth [Jer 23:24]; neither to confess another Lord Jesus Christ, than he that appeared so many hundred years ago, made of a virgin like unto us in all things, sin excepted [Heb 2:17/4:15]; or any other doctrine than was by him declared and practiced.


8:7 Howbeit there is not in every man that [GBT: But every man hath not (G: +that)] knowledge: for some with conscience of [GB: many (B: some) having conscience of; T: some suppose that there is an] the idol unto [GBT: until] this hour eat it as [GB: as; T: as of] a thing offered [G: sacrificed] unto an idol [GT: the idol; B: idols]; and [GT: +so] their conscience being weak is [T: consciences being yet weak are] defiled.

8:8 But [T omits] meat commendeth us not [GBT: maketh us not acceptable] to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better [GB: have we the more]; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse [GB: have we the less].

8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty [G: power] of yours become a stumblingblock [GB: an occasion of falling] to them that are weak. [T: But take heed that your liberty cause not the weak to fall.]

8:10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat [G: table] in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened [GBT: boldened] to eat those things which are offered [G: sacrificed] to idols [T: unto the idol] ;      qtext

8:11 And [T +so] through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?      qtext

8:12 But [G: now; BT omit] when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.      qtext

8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend [GBT: offend (T: hurt) my brother], I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend [GBT: that I may not offend (B: lest I should offend; T: because I will not hurt) my brother].


(1 Cor 8:7) GF4: 385; MFU 32

(1 Cor 8:9) GF8: 187 [362]; GFEJ 386

(1 Cor 8:10-12) GF4: 277f

(1 Cor 8:10) GF3: 77; JN1: 124, 146, 175, 180, 198, 319, 487; JN2: 14, 40, 60, 83, 87, 173, 175, 176, 217; 268 (RS), 444, 583, 584, 585; JN3: 12, 21, 35, 46, 110, 113, 304, 392, 418, 526

(1 Cor 8:10f) GF2: 295

(1 Cor 8:11) IP1: 51

(1 Cor 8:12) IP1: 194

(1 Cor 8:13) GF8: 88 [319]


(1 Cor 8:10-12)

GF4:277f (1661): "Now the consciences of the weak," saith the apostle, "must not be emboldened for to do such things which another doth, which they have not liberty in themselves to do, lest the consciences of the weak be wounded, and so they perish though another's knowledge, for whom Christ hath died [1 Cor 8:10-12]". Now this was not called nor looked upon by the apostle to be true wisdom, nor good judgment; for when ye sin against your brethren, you wound their consciences so you sin against Christ. So that is a sin against Christ concluded, which wounds the consciences of any, to lead, or teach, or force, or compel any contrary to their consciences, their weak consciences; this is a sin against Christ, and a bringing people in a perishing condition, and to lose the state of a good conscience.

(1 Cor 8:10)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 8:10: GF3:77 (John 2:21), JN1:180 (Mat 23:5-7), JN2:173 (Heb 11:38), JN2:268f (Heb 7:24), JN3: 21 (Gen 9:5)]

(1 Cor 8:11)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 8:11: IP1:51 (Rev 14:6)]

(1 Cor 8:12)

IP1:194 (1659): Though the cry hath long been, Hurt not the tender conscience [1 Cor 8:12]; it is that on which God works, and wherein he chooseth to appear, and with which he is pleased, and pities. Many promises have been, touching liberty of conscience; yet still the meek of the earth [Isa 11:4 et al], the innocent lambs of Christ (those that are faithful to the light of God in their consciences) are persecuted and suffer. What canst thou plead, O England! Why the Lord should not break thee all in pieces [Psa 72:4], and save his people himself, by and in the midst of thy ruins? .... It would be better and easier for thee to yield unto, than be forced by, his hand. Therefore, at length hear his voice, which has so often and so loudly cried unto thee, "Let my people go, that they may serve me [Exo 7:16]."

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