1 Corinthians 7:35

New Testament

33 But a married man is concerned about the things of the world, how to please his wife, 34 and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, to be holy both in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the things of the world, how to please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place a limitation on you, but so that without distraction you may give notable and constant service to the Lord. 36 If anyone thinks he is acting inappropriately toward his virgin, if she is past the bloom of youth and it seems necessary, he should do what he wishes; he does not sin. Let them marry. 37 But the man who is firm in his commitment, and is under no necessity but has control over his will, and has decided in his own mind to keep his own virgin, does well.

Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with Manes 5

Acta Archelai

For they do not believe the word spoken by our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ Himself in the Gospels, namely, that a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. And how they can be bold enough to call God the maker and contriver of Satan and his wicked deeds, is a matter of great amazement to me. Yea, would that even this had been all the length to which they had gone with their silly efforts, and that they had not declared that the only-begotten Christ, who has descended from the bosom of the Father, is the son of a certain woman, Mary, and born of blood and flesh and the varied impurities proper to women! Howbeit, neither to write too much in this epistle, nor to trespass at too great length upon your good nature, — and all the more so that I have no natural gift of eloquence — I shall content myself with what I have said. But you will have full knowledge of the whole subject when I am present with you, if indeed you still continue to care for your own salvation. For I do not "cast a snare upon any one," as is done by the less thoughtful among the mass of men.

 Notes and References

"... Both antagonists, Mani and Archelaus, are introduced in the way the author means them to go on. The reader first meets Mani in chapter 4, where he is quickly cast in an unfavorable light: “he debated with himself very seriously as to how he could ensnare him [Marcellus] in the nets of his own doctrine” (Acts of Archelaus 4.1). This despite Mani’s demurral in his letter to Marcellus, where, quoting 1 Cor 7:35, he asserts that he does not need to set a snare for anyone (Acts of Archelaus 5.6). But, if he really is a snarer, he is portrayed as a cautious (cowardly?) one: “he feared that by an unexpected and sudden approach some harm might be generated to himself ” (Acts of Archelaus 4.2). Then there is Mani’s appearance, “clearly intended,” says Lieu, “to accentuate his connections with a still hostile Persia.”6 The well-known description is short enough to be reproduced here (Acts of Archelaus 14.3) ..."

Coyle, J. Kevin "Hesitant and Ignorant: The Portrayal of Mani in the Acts of Archelaus" in BeDuhn, Jason, and Paul Allan Mirecki (eds.) Frontiers of Faith: The Christian Encounter with Manichaeism in the Acts of Archelaus (pp. 23-32) Brill, 2007

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