Verses about dating
The proposal that they made up a unified work was first advanced by Martin Noth in 1943, and has been widely accepted.
It seems rather to date from an earlier imprisonment, perhaps in Ephesus, from which Paul hopes to be released.c. Some scholars believe Colossians dates from Paul's imprisonment in Ephesus around 55 CE, but differences in the theology suggest that it comes from much later in his career, around the time of his imprisonment in Rome.c. If this is a genuine Pauline epistle it follows closely on 1 Thessalonians.
This appears to be clearly indicated in 1 Corinthians .
The principle stated in 2 Corinthians -18 would seem to apply to marriage as well, and some might see it as applying to dating.
For example, we should not associate with one who is a gossip (), or with one who is given to anger (), or with one who is given to change ().
For more study on this check out lesson 12 on choosing a godly mate in our series on the book of Proverbs on our web site.