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1 Corinthians 7:32

    1 Corinthians 7:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But I would have you to be free from cares. He that is unmarried is careful for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But it is my desire for you to be free from cares. The unmarried man gives his mind to the things of the Lord, how he may give pleasure to the Lord:

    Webster's Revision

    But I would have you to be free from cares. He that is unmarried is careful for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

    World English Bible

    But I desire to have you to be free from cares. He who is unmarried is concerned for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But I would have you to be free from cares. He that is unmarried is careful for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 7:32

    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:32

    Without carefulness - Though all these things will shortly come to pass, yet do not be anxious about them. Every occurrence is under the direction and management of God. The wrath of man shall praise him, and the remainder of it he shall restrain, and none can harm you if ye be followers of that which is good. We should all take the advice of the poet: -

    "With patient mind thy course of duty run;

    God nothing does, nor suffers to be done,

    But thou wouldst do thyself, couldst thou but see

    The end of all events as well as He."

    Byrom.

    He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord - He has nothing to do with a family, and therefore can give his whole time to the service of his Maker, having him alone to please.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:32

    But I would have you - I would advise you to such a course of life as should leave you without carefulness My advice is regulated by that wish, and that wish guides me in giving it.

    Without carefulness - (ἀμερίμνους amerimnous). Without anxiety, solicitude, care; without such a necessary attention to the things of this life as to take off your thoughts and affections from heavenly objects; see the notes on Matthew 6:25-31.

    careth for the things that belong to the Lord - Margin, "The things of the Lord;" the things of religion. His attention is not distracted by the cares of this life; his time is not engrossed, and his affections alienated by an attendance on the concerns of a family, and especially by solicitude for them in times of trial and persecution. He can give his main attention to the things of religion. He is at leisure to give his chief thoughts and anxieties to the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom. Paul's own example showed that this was the course which he preferred; and showed also that in some instances it was lawful and proper for a man to remain unmarried, and to give himself entirely to the work of the Lord. But the divine commandment Genesis 1:28, and the commendation everywhere bestowed upon marriage in the Scriptures, as well as the nature of the case, show that it was not designed that celibacy should be general.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:32

    7:32 Now I would have you - For this flying moment. Without carefulness - Without any incumbrance of your thoughts. The unmarried man - If he understand and use the advantage he enjoys - Careth only for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord.