Widows can remarry (1 Cor. 7:39)

“A wife

Is bound

To her husband

As long as he lives.

If the husband dies,

She is free

To be married

To whom she wishes,

But only in the Lord.”

Γυνὴ δέδεται ἐφ’ ὅσον χρόνον ζῇ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς· ἐὰν δὲ κοιμηθῇ ὁ ἀνήρ, ἐλευθέρα ἐστὶν ᾧ θέλει γαμηθῆναι, μόνον ἐν Κυρίῳ·

Paul said that a wife is bound (Γυνὴ δέδεται) to her husband (ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς) as long a time as he lives (ἐφ’ ὅσον χρόνον ζῇ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς).  If her husband dies (ἐὰν δὲ κοιμηθῇ ὁ ἀνήρ), she is free to be married to whom she wishes (ἐλευθέρα ἐστὶν ᾧ θέλει γαμηθῆναι), only in the Lord (μόνον ἐν Κυρίῳ).  Paul indicated that the marriage bond between a wife and a husband only lasted as long as each other were alive.  If a woman’s husband died, she was then free to marry whoever she wanted to, assuming that the man would want to marry her.  Death brought an end to the human marriage relationship.  However, Paul put one restriction on this new marriage, in the Lord, within the community of believers in Jesus.  Do you think that widows should remarry?

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