I hope everyone realizes that I don't really believe that scripture can contradict itself, only that I don't have the brainpower or the knowledge to sort things out. Here's number 2: 1co 7:39A wife is bound for so long time as her husband liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 1co 7:40But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God. * * 1ti 5:14I desire therefore that the younger [widows] marry, bear children, rule the household, give no occasion to the adversary for reviling: Did Paul change his mind over time? I asked this assuming but not knowing as fact that Corinthians was written before Timothy. If not, why would Paul advise a widow(any/all?) to remain single in one letter and then advise that the younger ones to remarry in another?