1 Corinthians 7: 1-6 Marital Responsibilities

What really helps in understanding this passage is asking ourselves this question. Is Paul giving his own opinion or is he quoting the Corinthians’ suggestion? We tend to read it as Paul giving his own opinion but look at it this way. “Now concerning the things about which you wrote: (Corinthians wrote…) It is good for a man not to have physical intimacy (touch) with a woman.” I suggest that this is how we should be reading 1 Corinthians 7. Paul is simply quoting back the Corinthians and then commenting on it and this certainly changes the way that we read the passage. Paul is saying that each man should continue to have a physical relationship with his own spouse and each woman with her own husband. It is something that they should continue to do! The husband and wife both owe each other physical intimacy.