“I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.”
King James Version (KJV)
Zachariah's comment on 2011-06-05 17:45:21:
The present distress hasd to do with the severe persection in Corinth AT THAT SPECIFIC TIME. Corinth was a city that had laws making it free to worship however and whoever as long as you werent disturbing the peace or breaking any other laws. Kind of like America today. However because of temple prostitutes from the temple of Aphroditie, who offered prostitutes, male and female, as a form of worship, along with its location, which alsi included long traveling sailors, many visitors, soldiers, tradesmen, etc. Beliving women may have been more at risk in being attacked, raped, or mistaken as a prostitute from the temple of aphroditie. (some believers used to worship pagan gods so it is very lilely they coul have been mistaken as continuing to practice if they were walking down the street.) this also leads to head coverings. Temple prostitutes would shave there heads or cut their hair short to distinguush them in their position, as well as men would grow their hair long and act/dress as women, Effimanate. Covering their head for the women with garments, or even the way they wore their hair was used as an identification mark on wheather the woman was single, married, or engaged. The public, more likele the locals, soldiers, etc. were hip to this and left the women and men open to targeted persecution. Roman soldiers were known to rape women who were engaged, for their hatred toward their religion, because they knew they were most likely virgins, or in times of war or conflict within the city. engaged Women could also easily e taken hostage which would make their husbands or husbands to be an easy target. Either making him join the army, terrorise him by raping his bride, or making him denounce Jesus. So when paul is telling them not to get married, he dosent mean forever but just for the times of distress, that they be not troubled as so many were.