1 Corinthians 7:6
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New Living Translation
I say this as a concession, not as a command.

King James Bible
But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

Darby Bible Translation
But this I say, as consenting to, not as commanding it.

World English Bible
But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment.

Young's Literal Translation
and this I say by way of concurrence -- not of command,

1 Corinthians 7:6 Parallel
Wesley's Notes on the Bible

7:6 But I say this - Concerning your separating for a time and coming together again. Perhaps he refers also to 1Co 7:2.

1 Corinthians 7:6 Parallel Commentaries

Family Religion.
"Lo! where yon cottage whitens through the green, The loveliest feature of a matchless scene; Beneath its shading elm, with pious fear, An aged mother draws her children near, While from the Holy Word, with earnest air, She teaches them the privilege of prayer. Look! how their infant eyes with rapture speak; Mark the flushed lily on the dimpled cheek; Their hearts are filled with gratitude and love, Their hopes are centered in a world above!" The Christian home demands a family religion. This makes
Samuel Philips—The Christian Home

The Apostolic Scriptures.
"And I think that I also have the Spirit of God."--1 Cor. vii. 40. We have seen that the apostolate has an extraordinary significance and occupies a unique position. This position is twofold, viz., temporary, with reference to the founding of the first churches, and permanent, with regard to the churches of all ages. The first must necessarily be temporary, for what was then accomplished can not be repeated. A tree can be planted only once; an organism can be born only once; the planting or founding
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

It Is, Therefore, the Present Necessity that we are to Avoid...
14. It is, therefore, the present necessity that we are to avoid, but yet such as is a hindrance to somewhat of the good things to come; by which necessity the married life is forced to have thought of the things of the world, how to please, the husband the wife or the wife the husband. Not that these separate from the kingdom of God, as there are sins, which are restrained by command, not by counsel, on this account, because it is matter of condemnation not to obey the Lord when He commands: but
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

But Lest any Should Think that of Two Works...
19. But lest any should think that of two works, the good and the better, the rewards will be equal, on this account it was necessary to treat against those, who have so interpreted that saying of the Apostle, "But I think that this is good by reason of the present necessity," [2056] as to say that virginity is of use not in order to the kingdom of heaven, but in order to this present time: as though in that eternal life, they, who had chosen this better part, would have nothing more than the rest
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:10
But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband.

1 Corinthians 7:12
Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her.

1 Corinthians 7:25
Now regarding your question about the young women who are not yet married. I do not have a command from the Lord for them. But the Lord in his mercy has given me wisdom that can be trusted, and I will share it with you.

1 Corinthians 7:40
But in my opinion it would be better for her to stay single, and I think I am giving you counsel from God's Spirit when I say this.

2 Corinthians 8:8
I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.

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