Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament1 Corinthians 7:15
- Is not under bondage (ou dedoulwtai).
- Perfect passive indicative of doulow, to enslave, has been enslaved, does not remain a slave. The believing husband or wife is not at liberty to separate, unless the disbeliever or pagan insists on it. Wilful desertion of the unbeliever sets the other free, a case not contemplated in Christ's words in Matthew 5:32; 19:9. Luther argued that the Christian partner, thus released, may marry again. But that is by no means clear, unless the unbeliever marries first.
- But God hath called us in peace (en de eirhnhi keklhken hmav or umav).
- Perfect active indicative of kalew, permanent call in the sphere or atmosphere of peace. He does not desire enslavement in the marriage relation between the believer and the unbeliever.