1 Corinthians 7:17
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New International Version
Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.

New Living Translation
Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.

English Standard Version
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

Berean Study Bible
Regardless, each one should lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is what I prescribe in all the churches.

Berean Literal Bible
Nevertheless, as the Lord has assigned to each, as God has called to each, so let him walk. And thus I prescribe in all the churches.

New American Standard Bible
Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches.

King James Bible
But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches.

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, everyone should live the life that the Lord gave him and to which God called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

NET Bible
Nevertheless, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each person, so must he live. I give this sort of direction in all the churches.

New Heart English Bible
Only, as the Lord has distributed to each man, as God has called each, so let him walk. So I command in all the churches.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But as THE LORD JEHOVAH distributes to each man, howsoever God calls him, let each man walk; and so I command all the churches.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone should live the life that the Lord gave him when God called him. This is the guideline I use in every church.

New American Standard 1977
Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And thus I direct in all the churches.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let them walk. And so I ordain in all the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}.

King James 2000 Bible
But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

American King James Version
But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

American Standard Version
Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each man, as God hath called each, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all the churches.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called every one, so let him walk: and so in all churches I teach.

Darby Bible Translation
However, as the Lord has divided to each, as God has called each, so let him walk; and thus I ordain in all the assemblies.

English Revised Version
Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each man, as God hath called each, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all the churches.

Webster's Bible Translation
But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all churches.

Weymouth New Testament
Only, whatever be the condition in life which the Lord has assigned to each individual--and whatever the condition in which he was living when God called him--in that let him continue.

World English Bible
Only, as the Lord has distributed to each man, as God has called each, so let him walk. So I command in all the assemblies.

Young's Literal Translation
if not, as God did distribute to each, as the Lord hath called each -- so let him walk; and thus in all the assemblies do I direct:
Study Bible
Live Your Calling
16How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? 17Regardless, each one should lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is what I prescribe in all the churches. 18Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man still uncircumcised when called? He should not be circumcised.…
Cross References
Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.

1 Corinthians 4:17
That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church.

1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not become a stumbling block, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God,

1 Corinthians 11:16
If anyone is inclined to dispute this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God.

1 Corinthians 11:34
If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you come together it will not result in judgment. And when I come, I will give instructions about the remaining matters.

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,

2 Corinthians 8:18
Along with Titus, we are sending the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in the gospel.

2 Corinthians 11:28
Apart from these external trials, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

Galatians 1:22
I was personally unknown, however, to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:14
For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Judea that are in Christ Jesus. You suffered from your own countrymen the very things they suffered from the Jews,
Treasury of Scripture

But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

as God.

1 Corinthians 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has …

Matthew 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's …

Romans 12:3-8 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

as the.

1 Corinthians 7:18,20,21,24 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. …

so ordain.

1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause have I sent to you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, …

1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order …

2 Corinthians 11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which comes on me daily, …

(17) But as God hath distributed . . .--Regarding 1Corinthians 7:16 as a kind of parenthesis, these words follow on from 1Corinthians 7:15 as a general principle to be ever borne in mind, as limiting in practice the very broad liberty which the Apostle has given regarding separation in cases of mixed marriages. It is to be noticed that in 1Corinthians 7:15 the unbelieving partner is the only one who is spoken of as taking an active part in the separation; the believer is, merely for the sake of peace, to acquiesce in it; he is never to cause or promote a separation, for he is to be guided by the great principle that we are to continue to walk in those social and political relations by which we were bound when God called us. Christianity does not destroy them, but purifies and exalts them, and thus makes them more binding on us than before. According as the Lord has divided to each man his portion in life, and as God has called each man, so in that condition let him continue to walk as a Christian. Let him not try to change it for another. The words "God" and "Lord" have been transposed by later copyists. The order in the English version is different from that in the older MSS. It is important to preserve the accurate reading here, for it speaks of Christ--"the Lord"--as the one who allots to men their natural condition in life, while "God" calls them from heathenism to the Christian faith.

And so ordain I in all churches.--This principle was of universal application, and the Apostle lays it down authoritatively for all Churches. The I is emphatic, as the writer speaks with apostolic authority. It is noticeable that in some few later MSS. there is an attempt to weaken its force by the substitution of "I teach" for "I appoint or direct." (See 1Corinthians 16:1.)

Verses 17-24. - Corroborative instances of the duty of remaining in the state wherein each was called. Verse 17. - But; literally, if not. The phrase introduces a caution. The rule is that the circumstances of our lives are regulated by the providence of God, and must not be arbitrarily altered at our own caprice. Christ allotted his portion to each Christian, God hath called each man; that lot and that call are to guide his life. "Qua positus fueris in statione mane" (Ovid). Hath distributed; rather, apportioned. So ordain I in all Churches. He proceeds to give specific instances to which his rule applies. But as God hath distributed to every man,.... This text is so placed, and the words of it so expressed, as that it may have regard both to what goes before, and follows after; it may have respect to every man's proper gift, whether of continence, or of disposition to marriage, which every man has of God, 1 Corinthians 7:7, and accordingly ought to live in a single, or in a married state; or it may refer to the last verse,

what knowest thou, &c. and , which we render "but", be translated either "unless"; and then the sense is, thou knowest not, O man or woman, whether thou shalt save thy wife or husband, nor any other, unless God, who distributes his, grace to everyone as he pleases; or else it may be rendered if "not", and the sense be, if thou shouldst not save thy husband, or thou, man, shouldst not save thy wife; yet "as God hath distributed to every man" his own proper gift, both as to nature and grace; his proper sphere of usefulness, and the station in which he would have him be, and the place he would have him fill up, and the business he must do in life; so let him act, and

as the Lord hath called everyone; which is to be understood of that particular station of life, and those circumstances of it, in which men are providentially placed by God, or are found in when he calls them by his grace; as whether married or unmarried; whether joined to a believer or an unbeliever; whether circumcised or uncircumcised; whether bond or free; a servant or a master; and so may refer to what follows, as well as to what goes before:

so let him walk; contented with his station and kind of life, agreeably to the profession he makes of the Gospel, doing all the good he can to those he is concerned with:

and so ordain I in all churches; the decisions and determinations he had made, in the cases proposed to him about marriage, the rules and orders he had prescribed, what he had given out by way of precept or permission, by command or counsel, or what he was about to deliver, were no other than what he in common enjoined other churches; and therefore they ought not to think that they were used with more strictness and severity than others; and might be induced hereby to attend to what was advised or enjoined, since it was what was common to all the churches. 17. But—Greek, "If not." "Only." Caution that believers should not make this direction (1Co 7:16; as Alford explains it) a ground for separating "of themselves" (1Co 7:12-14). Or, But if there be no hope of gaining over the unbeliever, still let the general principle be maintained, "As the Lord hath allotted to each, as God hath called each, so let him walk" (so the Greek in the oldest reading); let him walk in the path allotted to him and wherein he was called. The heavenly calling does not set aside our earthly callings.

so ordain I in all churches—Ye also therefore should obey.7:17-24 The rules of Christianity reach every condition; and in every state a man may live so as to be a credit to it. It is the duty of every Christian to be content with his lot, and to conduct himself in his rank and place as becomes a Christian. Our comfort and happiness depend on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world. No man should think to make his faith or religion, an argument to break through any natural or civil obligations. He should quietly and contentedly abide in the condition in which he is placed by Divine Providence.
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