Better to get married (1 Cor. 7:9)

“But if they cannot exercise

Self-control,

They should marry.

It is better to marry

Than to be aflame

With passion.”

εἰ δὲ οὐκ ἐγκρατεύονται, γαμησάτωσαν· κρεῖττον γάρ ἐστιν γαμεῖν ἢ πυροῦσθαι.

Paul said that if they cannot exercise self-control (εἰ δὲ οὐκ ἐγκρατεύονται), they should marry (γαμησάτωσαν).  It is better (κρεῖττον γάρ ἐστιν) to marry (γαμεῖν) than to be aflame with passion (ἢ πυροῦσθαι).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐγκρατεύονται, that means to exercise self-control or be continent.  Paul seemed to indicate that those who lacked self-control in sexual matters should get married.  Marriage was a better option that a flaming sexual urge.  This was the typical idea of marriage within Greek philosophical circles and even among Jewish rabbis.  Marriage was for the weak people who could not control their sexual emotions.  Thus, celibacy was for the strong who could control their sexual urges.  Have you ever thought of marriage for the weak people?

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