ABC:Proverbs 18

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Verse 22

See also Virgin Birth and Priestly Celibacy

Jim Meritt of claims Proverbs 18:22 contradicts the "whole book" of 1 Corinthians 7 (presumably meaning chapter instead), especially verses 1, 2, 29, 37, and 40.[1]

As explained at length in Virgin Birth and Priestly Celibacy this longstanding confusion is caused by the incorrect translation of the Greek word parthenos in the New Testament as meaning virgin instead of widow by the Catholic Church and subsequent translators (like the KJV). A reading of 1 Corinthians 7 shows the topic being discussed is whether widows (what parthenos should have been translated as) should be allowed to remarry.

In that context, Paul in 1 Corinthians 7 was actually encouraging those married to stay with their spouses, even if their spouses were unbelievers.

However, Paul thought it better for those widowed like himself (7:7-8), whether from death of a spouse (7:40) or a spouse leaving (7:15) to not remarry. However, he stated they did not sin (7:28) if remarrying and were allowed to remarry if they insisted:

Only if 1 Corinthians 7 and Revelation 12:4 are read with parthenos translated as virgin is there a contradiction. However, as clearly explained in Virgin Birth and Priestly Celibacy such a reading would make little sense in the context of 1 Corinthians 7, Paul's own teachings, and the entire Bible; and parthenos as shown from all the evidence appears to mean widow instead.


  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from