Must a young man ask the father of his fiance for permission to marry his daughter?

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I think it is the proper thing to do. The passage in 1 Cor. 7 concerns itself with the unusual circumstances of persecution. It was better to remain unmarried during a time of persecution (verse 26) because one had fewer obligations.

1 Cor. 7:36-38

36 ¶ But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin; let her marry.

37 But he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well.

38 So then both he who gives his own virgin daughter in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better.

1 Cor. 7:26

26 I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.

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