The Spirit of God (1 Cor. 7:40)

“But in my judgment,

She is happier

If she remains

As she is.

I think

That I have

The Spirit of God.”

μακαριωτέρα δέ ἐστιν ἐὰν οὕτως μείνῃ, κατὰ τὴν ἐμὴν γνώμην· δοκῶ δὲ κἀγὼ Πνεῦμα Θεοῦ ἔχειν.

Paul said that in his judgment (κατὰ τὴν ἐμὴν γνώμην), the widow would be happier or blessed (μακαριωτέρα δέ ἐστιν) if she remained as she was (ἐὰν οὕτως μείνῃ).  Paul thought (δοκῶ) that he had the Spirit of God (δὲ κἀγὼ Πνεῦμα Θεοῦ ἔχειν).  Thus, Paul once again favored the celibate widow, although she was free to marry.  Paul said that his judgment was that she would be happier and more blessed if she remained a celibate widow, as he was.  Paul considered that he had the Spirit of God working in him as he made these remarks.  There was nothing wrong with remarriage for a widow, but Paul certainly preferred the widow who did not marry again.  He indicated his opinion was worthwhile, since he had the Holy Spirit working in him.  Is the Holy Spirit working in you?

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