Now those that reject the simple plain meaning immediately figure this is adultery. But it does not say that, and it could have.
In Gentile culture, the clear lines of separation are usually ignored between men and women. In both the Old and New Testament men and women are to remain separate. They are never to even see a relative partially naked. Righteous Noah got drunk on the grape juice after the flood and was not properly clothed, so his sons covered him, but took care not to see his nakedness. One did not take pains to not see Noah and he and his family were cursed.
Paul makes no apologies about openly ordering men not to touch any women. He also makes it clear they were not to steal attention by asking questions or giving answers in a church service. They were to be silent and only talk to their husband in private later about questions or opinions.
Early churches even as late as those in this country, would carefully separate men and women during times of worship or fellowship. Some went so far as to bury their dead in separate four different areas: male adults, female adults, male children, female children.
Mixing men and women even among children is a huge mistake and in total flagrant opposition to God and His Word. Every excuse made to distort the wording of Scripture or simply ignoring the Bible does not hold up to God and how He will judge our actions.
Many a marriage has come to ruin because of a woman who worked with a man, or a man who worked with a woman. They violated the touching and separation laws of God and brought horrible sin and its penalties on not only themselves but all related to them. The children of this day are the product of these horribly wrong acts of fornication and adultery. and it is no wonder they despise and openly defy all moral stands.
Men, why are you walking the hall with some woman? Women, why are you looking to attract the attention of men? The only means you have of crossing the lines of separation is through marriage, but marriages are to be arranged by parents or uncles, and not by the individuals who frankly cannot make wise choices in this area.
If you do not have parents who can arrange a good marriage for you, or you cannot stand what they decide, then don’t get married. You are only propagating evil in this world instead of stopping it with your own life. God notes this and holds us to His high and holy standard, and as it says, most will find they never accepted Christ as Lord and Master, and it is proven by the sinful deeds they persisted in doing. Ignorance is no excuse for disobedience to God. Everyone of us has a chance to learn the truth by reading the Holy Scriptures and asking God to use the Holy Spirit to guide us.
To see the verse that inspired a very different commentary, see Amos 2:7 in the prophecy guide. Amos has some strong words to say to the different countries we hear about today and why they will be completely destroyed, and even all their citizens.