Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

Now to those people who are not married [Note: This probably refers to all unmarried people, and not just to widowers, as some think], or who are widows, I say it is [a] good [idea] for them to remain like me [i.e., single. See verse

New American Standard Bible

But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.

King James Version

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

Holman Bible

I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am.

International Standard Version

I say to those who are unmarried, especially to widows: It is good for them to remain like me.

A Conservative Version

But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I.

American Standard Version

But I say to the unmarried and to widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

Amplified

But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, [that as a practical matter] it is good if they remain [single and entirely devoted to the Lord] as I am.

Anderson New Testament

But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It would be good for them, if they remain as I myself.

Bible in Basic English

But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, It is good for them to be even as I am.

Common New Testament

But I say to the unmarried and to the widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.

Daniel Mace New Testament

As to the unmarried and widows, I say, it is best for them to continue so, as I do.

Darby Translation

But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, It is good for them that they remain even as I.

Godbey New Testament

But I speak to the unmarried and the widows, that it is good for them that they may remain even as I:

Goodspeed New Testament

To all who are unmarried and to widows, I would say this: It is an excellent thing if they can remain single as I am.

John Wesley New Testament

But to the unmarried and the widows I say, It is good for them, if they remain even as I.

Julia Smith Translation

And I say to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they remain also as I.

King James 2000

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Now I say to the unmarried and to the widows: [It is] good for them if they remain as I [am].

Modern King James verseion

I say therefore to the unmarried and the widows, It is good for them if they remain even as I.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

I say unto the unmarried men, and widows: it is good for them if they abide even as I do,

Moffatt New Testament

To the unmarried and to widows I would say this: it is an excellent thing if like me they remain as they are.

Montgomery New Testament

But to the unmarried, and the widows, I say that it is well for them to remain as I am.

NET Bible

To the unmarried and widows I say that it is best for them to remain as I am.

New Heart English Bible

But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I am.

Noyes New Testament

I say also to the unmarried and the widows, it is good for them to remain as I am;

Sawyer New Testament

And I say to the unmarried and to the widows, that it is good for them to continue as I am;

The Emphasized Bible

But I say, to the unmarried, and to the widows, good, were it for them, that they should abide, even as I;

Thomas Haweis New Testament

I say then to the unmarried and the widows, that it is becoming them if they abide as I am.

Twentieth Century New Testament

My advice, then, to those who are not married, and to widows, is this: It would be well for them to remain as I am myself.

Webster

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they remain even as I.

Weymouth New Testament

But I tell the unmarried, and women who are widows, that it is well for them to remain as I am.

Williams New Testament

To unmarried people and to widows I would say this: It would be a fine thing for them to remain single, as I am.

World English Bible

But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them if they remain even as I am.

Worrell New Testament

Now I say to the unmarried and to the widows, it is good for them, if they remain even as I am.

Worsley New Testament

Now to the unmarried and widows I say, it is good for them to continue so, as I do.

Youngs Literal Translation

And I say to the unmarried and to the widows: it is good for them if they may remain even as I am;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
I say
λέγω 
Lego 
Usage: 1045

δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

to the unmarried
G22
ἄγαμος 
Agamos 
Usage: 4

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

χήρα 
Chera 
Usage: 18

It is
ἐστί 
Esti 
is, are, was, be, have, not tr, , vr is
Usage: 585

καλός 
Kalos 
Usage: 62


Usage: 0

if
ἐάν 
Ean 
Usage: 155

μένω 
meno 
Usage: 85

ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

References

Fausets

Hastings

Watsons

Images 1 Corinthians 7:8

Prayers for 1 Corinthians 7:8

Context Readings

A Word To The Unmarried

7 Yet I wish that everyone were like me [i.e., with the ability to remain single. See 9:5]. However, each person has his own special gift from God; one has this gift [i.e., being content to remain single. See Matt. 19:12], and another has the other gift [i.e., feeling the need to marry and have a family]. 8 Now to those people who are not married [Note: This probably refers to all unmarried people, and not just to widowers, as some think], or who are widows, I say it is [a] good [idea] for them to remain like me [i.e., single. See verse 9 But if they cannot control their [sexual] desires, they should get married, for it is better [for them] to marry than to burn [i.e., with sexual lust which cannot be legitimately gratified].



Cross References

1 Corinthians 7:1

I now want to reply to the matters you people wrote me about. It is [a] good [idea] for a man not to get married. [Note: The words "to get married" here are "to touch" in the Greek and probably refer to sexual relations within marriage. This advice, not a prohibition, is further explained in verses 26-35].

1 Corinthians 7:7

and 9:5].

1 Corinthians 7:26-27

So, because of the impending crisis, I think it is a good thing for a man to remain as he is.

1 Corinthians 7:32

But I want you to be free from worry. The man who is not married is concerned about the affairs of the Lord [and] how to please the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:34-35

so his interests are divided. However, the unmarried woman [Note: Possibly this refers to a widow, divorcee or non-virgin] and the virgin are concerned about the affairs of the Lord [and] how to be dedicated [to God] in both body and spirit. But the married woman is concerned about the affairs of the world [and] how to please her husband.

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