1 Corinthians 7:29
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New International Version
What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not;

New Living Translation
But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage.

English Standard Version
This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,

Berean Study Bible
What I am saying, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none;

Berean Literal Bible
Now I say this, brothers: The season is shortened; that from now on both those having wives, should be as having none;

New American Standard Bible
But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;

King James Bible
But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And I say this, brothers: The time is limited, so from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none,

International Standard Version
This is what I mean, brothers: The time is short. From now on, those who have wives should live as though they had none,

NET Bible
And I say this, brothers and sisters: The time is short. So then those who have wives should be as those who have none,

New Heart English Bible
But I say this, brothers: the time is short, that from now on, those who have wives should be as though they had none;.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I say this brethren: the time now is short, for those who have wives shall be as if they were without them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what I mean, brothers and sisters: The time has been shortened. While it lasts, those who are married should live as though they were not.

New American Standard 1977
But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But this I say, brothers, the time is short; for the rest, let those that have wives be as though they had none;

King James 2000 Bible
But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remains, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

American King James Version
But this I say, brothers, the time is short: it remains, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

American Standard Version
But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that henceforth both those that have wives may be as though they had none;

Douay-Rheims Bible
This therefore I say, brethren; the time is short; it remaineth, that they also who have wives, be as if they had none;

Darby Bible Translation
But this I say, brethren, the time is straitened. For the rest, that they who have wives, be as not having [any]:

English Revised Version
But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that henceforth both those that have wives may be as though they had none;

Webster's Bible Translation
But this I say, brethren, The time is short. It remaineth, that both they that have wives, be as though they had none;

Weymouth New Testament
Yet of this I warn you, brethren: the time has been shortened--so that henceforth those who have wives should be as though they had none,

World English Bible
But I say this, brothers: the time is short, that from now on, both those who have wives may be as though they had none;

Young's Literal Translation
And this I say, brethren, the time henceforth is having been shortened -- that both those having wives may be as not having;
Study Bible
The Unmarried and Widowed
28But if you do marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. 29What I am saying, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 30those who weep, as if they did not; those who are joyful, as if they were not; those who make a purchase, as if they had nothing;…
Cross References
Ezekiel 7:12
'The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn; for wrath is against all their multitude.

Romans 13:11
And do this, understanding the occasion. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

1 Corinthians 7:28
But if you do marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

1 Corinthians 7:30
those who weep, as if they did not; those who are joyful, as if they were not; those who make a purchase, as if they had nothing;

1 Corinthians 7:31
and those who use the things of this world, as if not dependent on them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
Treasury of Scripture

But this I say, brothers, the time is short: it remains, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

the time.

Job 14:1,2 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble…

Psalm 39:4-7 LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it …

Psalm 90:5-10 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the …

Psalm 103:15,16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes…

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of …

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

Romans 13:11,12 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

Hebrews 13:13,14 Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach…

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

2 Peter 3:8,9 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is …

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does …

that both.

Ecclesiastes 12:7,8,13,14 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit …

Isaiah 24:1,2 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns …

Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is …

James 4:13-16 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such …

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower …

(29) But this I say, brethren.--This does not introduce a reiteration of what he has said already, but commences a solemn and affectionate warning, urging on them earnestly that, whether they applied or did not apply the principle to marriage, still that it is true, and of vast importance in regulating all life,--that men should live as ever expecting the return of the Lord. Let us not for one moment think that this principle was evolved by St. Paul from a mistaken belief that the Second Advent was close at hand. This principle of life was taught by Christ Himself. He warned men against living carelessly because they thought "the Lord delayeth His coming." They were to be ever on the watch, as servants for the unexpected return of their master--as guests for the coming of the bridegroom. It was not the opinion that Christ would soon come which led St. Paul to hold and teach this principle of Christian life. Perhaps it was his intense realisation of this eternal truth which the Lord had taught, his assimilation of it as part of his very being, from which the conviction arose that the Advent was not only in theory always, but, as a matter of fact, then near at hand. Hope and belief mysteriously mingled together in one longing unity of feeling.

It may be asked, if the Apostles were mistaken on this point, may they not have been mistaken about other things also? The best answer to such a question, perhaps, is that this was just the one point on which our Lord had said they should not be informed, and it is the one point on which they were not informed. "Times and seasons" were to be excluded from their knowledge (Acts 1:6).

The time is short: it remaineth . . .--Better, The time that remains is shortened, so that both they that have wives, &c. (the Greek word for "remain" (to loipon) is used frequently by St. Paul in a sort of adverbial way, 2Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 6:10; Philippians 4:8). The words "so that" do not introduce a series of apostolic exhortations based upon and growing out of the previous statement regarding the brevity of the remaining time, but they express what was God's intention in thus making the time short. St. Paul regards everything as having its place and purpose in the divine economy. If the time were long (and the teaching applies equally--for the principle is the same--to the brevity of life), then, indeed, men might live as having "much goods laid up for many years" (Luke 12:19); but the time of life is short, that each may keep himself from being the slave of the external conditions and relationships of life. Such is the force of the series of striking contrasts with which the Apostle now illustrates the habit of life which God intended to follow from the shortening of the time.

Verse 29. - But this I say. I will not dwell on those coming trials, but will only remind you that they are imminent, and that when they come all earthly distinctions will vanish into insignifiance. The time is short; literally, the season has been contracted; in other words, "The end of all things is at hand" (1 Peter 4:7). The word sunestalmenos cannot mean "disastrous." The verb is used for "folding up" in Acts 5:6; "Tempus in collecto est" (Tertullian). It remaineth, that. The reading and punctuation are here uncertain. The best reading seems to be "The time has been shortened henceforth, in order that," etc. The very object of the hastened end is that Christians should sit loose to earthly interests. As though they had none. They would thus be nearer to the condition of the "angels in heaven." But this I say, brethren, the time is short,.... This is another reason, with which the apostle supports his advice to virgins, and unmarried persons, to remain so; since the time of life is so very short, and it is even but a little while to the end of the world, and second coming of Christ; and therefore seeing the marriage state is so full of care and trouble, and it affords still less time for the service of Christ and religion, he thought it most advisable for them to, continue in a single life, that they might be more at leisure to make use of that little time they had for their spiritual good and welfare, the edification of others, and the glory of Christ: unless it should be rather thought that the apostle is still enlarging upon the former argument, taken from the present time, being a time of distress and persecution; and so the phrase, "the time is short", or "contracted", and full of anguish and affliction, is the same with the present necessity, and trouble in the flesh; and since this was the case, he suggests again, that an unmarried state was most preferable:

it remaineth that both they that have wives, be as though they had none: and as for the rest, they that were married, his advice to them was, that they should so behave as if they were not married; not that he would have them put away their wives, or fancy with themselves that they had none, or make no use of the marriage bed; but suggests a moderate use of it; he would not have them give up themselves to lasciviousness and carnal lusts and pleasures, even with their own wives, and spend their time altogether in their company and embraces: but since the time of life was short, and that full of troubles, they should spend it in the service and worship of God, private and public, as much as possible; and not in the indulging and satisfying of the flesh. 29. this I say—A summing up of the whole, wherein he draws the practical inference from what precedes (1Co 15:50).

the time—the season (so the Greek) of this present dispensation up to the coming of the Lord (Ro 13:11). He uses the Greek expression which the Lord used in Lu 21:8; Mr 13:33.

short—literally, "contracted."

it remaineth—The oldest manuscripts read, "The time (season) is shortened as to what remains, in order that both they," etc.; that is, the effect which the shortening of the time ought to have is, "that for the remaining time (henceforth), both they," etc. The clause, "as to what remains," though in construction belonging to the previous clause, in sense belongs to the following. However, Cyprian and Vulgate support English Version.

as though they had none—We ought to consider nothing as our own in real or permanent possession.7:25-35 Considering the distress of those times, the unmarried state was best. Notwithstanding, the apostle does not condemn marriage. How opposite are those to the apostle Paul who forbid many to marry, and entangle them with vows to remain single, whether they ought to do so or not! He exhorts all Christians to holy indifference toward the world. As to relations; they must not set their hearts on the comforts of the state. As to afflictions; they must not indulge the sorrow of the world: even in sorrow the heart may be joyful. As to worldly enjoyments; here is not their rest. As to worldly employment; those that prosper in trade, and increase in wealth, should hold their possessions as though they held them not. As to all worldly concerns; they must keep the world out of their hearts, that they may not abuse it when they have it in their hands. All worldly things are show; nothing solid. All will be quickly gone. Wise concern about worldly interests is a duty; but to be full of care, to have anxious and perplexing care, is a sin. By this maxim the apostle solves the case whether it were advisable to marry. That condition of life is best for every man, which is best for his soul, and keeps him most clear of the cares and snares of the world. Let us reflect on the advantages and snares of our own condition in life; that we may improve the one, and escape as far as possible all injury from the other. And whatever cares press upon the mind, let time still be kept for the things of the Lord.
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