It is not a sin to marry (1 Cor. 7:36)

“If anyone thinks

That some one

Is not behaving properly

Toward his betrothed virgin,

If she is old enough,

And it has to be,

Let him do

As he wishes.

Let them marry!

It is no sin.”

Εἰ δέ τις ἀσχημονεῖν ἐπὶ τὴν παρθένον αὐτοῦ νομίζει, ἐὰν ᾖ ὑπέρακμος, καὶ οὕτως ὀφείλει γίνεσθαι, ὃ θέλει ποιείτω· οὐχ ἁμαρτάνει· γαμείτωσαν.

Paul said that if anyone thinks or supposes (νομίζει) that someone is not behaving properly (Εἰ δέ τις ἀσχημονεῖν) toward his betrothed virgin (ἐπὶ τὴν παρθένον αὐτοῦ), if she is old enough (ἐὰν ᾖ ὑπέρακμος), then it ought to be (οὕτως ὀφείλει γίνεσθαι).  Let him do as he wishes (ὃ θέλει ποιείτω).  Let them marry (γαμείτωσαν)!  It is no sin (οὐχ ἁμαρτάνει).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀσχημονεῖν, that means act unbecomingly, act improperly, or unseemly, and the word ὑπέρακμος, that means past the bloom of youth or of full age.  Paul said that it was no sin to marry, even if the groom to be and his intended virgin wife might behave improperly.  If she was old enough or the proper age, then let the wedding take place between these two, fiancé and his fiancée, since they were engaged to be married.  There would be no sin there.  Paul seemed to indicated that engaged couples could be involved in sex before the actual marriage.  Do you think that it is a sin to have sex outside of marriage?

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