1 Corinthians 7:31
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New International Version
those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

New Living Translation
Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.

English Standard Version
and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

New American Standard Bible
and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.

King James Bible
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and those who use the world as though they did not make full use of it. For this world in its current form is passing away.

International Standard Version
and those who use the things in the world as though they were not dependent on them. For the world in its present form is passing away.

NET Bible
those who use the world as though they were not using it to the full. For the present shape of this world is passing away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those who use this world, not apart from the right usage, for the form of this world is passing away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who use the things in this world should do so but not depend on them. It is clear that this world in its present form is passing away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and those that use this world, as not using it as their own, for the fashion of this world passes away.

King James 2000 Bible
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passes away.

American King James Version
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passes away.

American Standard Version
and those that use the world, as not using it to the full: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that use this world, as if they used it not: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

Darby Bible Translation
and they that use the world, as not disposing of it as their own; for the fashion of this world passes.

English Revised Version
and those that use the world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they that use this world, as not abusing it. For the fashion of this world passeth away.

Weymouth New Testament
and those who use the world as not using it to the full. For the world as it now exists is passing away.

World English Bible
and those who use the world, as not using it to the fullest. For the mode of this world passes away.

Young's Literal Translation
and those using this world, as not using it up; for passing away is the fashion of this world.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 31. - As not abusing it; rather, as not using it to the full - not draining dry the cup of earthly advantages (comp. 1 Corinthians 9:18). Like Gideon's true heroes, we must not fling ourselves down to drink greedily of the river of earthly gifts, but drink them sparingly, and as it were with the palm of the hand. The fashion of this world passeth away. So St. John says, "The world passeth away, and the lust thereof" (1 John 1:18). It is but as the shifting scene of a theatre, or as a melting vapour (James 4:14).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they that use this world, as not abusing it,.... Such as have a large affluence of the things of this world, should use them in a moderate and temperate manner; should not squander them away extravagantly, or spend them on their lusts, and use them intemperately, which is to abuse them:

for the fashion of this world passeth away; not the nature, matter, and substance, but the figure and form of it; for after this world is burnt up, a new one, as to form and fashion, will arise, in much more beauty and glory; all that looks glorious and beautiful in the present world, as riches, honour, &c. are all mere show and appearance, having nothing solid and substantial in them; and are all fluid and transitory, are passing away; there is nothing firm and permanent; in a little time, all will be at an end, the world itself, as to its present form, and all that is in it; when there will be no more marrying, nor giving in marriage, no more buying and selling, no more of the present changes and vicissitudes of prosperity and adversity, of joy and sorrow; these scenes will be all removed, and quite a new face of things appear: wherefore what the apostle exhorts unto, with respect to present conduct and behaviour, must be right and good.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. not abusing it—not abusing it by an overmuch using of it. The meaning of "abusing" here is, not so much perverting, as using it to the full [Bengel]. We are to use it, "not to take our fill" of its pursuits as our chief aim (compare Lu 10:40-42). As the planets while turning on their own axis, yet revolve round the sun; so while we do our part in our own worldly sphere, God is to be the center of all our desires.

fashion—the present fleeting form. Compare Ps 39:6, "vain show"; Ps 73:20, "a dream"; Jas 4:14, "a vapor."

passeth away—not merely shall pass away, but is now actually passing away. The image is drawn from a shifting scene in a play represented on the stage (1Jo 2:17). Paul inculcates not so much the outward denial of earthly things, as the inward spirit whereby the married and the rich, as well as the unmarried and the poor, would be ready to sacrifice all for Christ's sake.

1 Corinthians 7:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Instructions to Unmarried and Widowed
30and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 31and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away. 32But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;…
Cross References
Psalm 39:6
"Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.

1 Corinthians 7:29
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;

1 Corinthians 7:30
those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;

1 Corinthians 9:18
What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.

Hebrews 12:27
The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

James 1:10
But the rich should take pride in their humiliation--since they will pass away like a wild flower.

1 John 2:17
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
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And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passes away.

use.

1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Truly that, when I preach the gospel, I may …

Ecclesiastes 2:24,25 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, …

Ecclesiastes 3:12,13 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and …

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat …

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a …

Ecclesiastes 11:2,9,10 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for you know not what …

Matthew 24:48-50 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays …

Matthew 25:14-29 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, …

Luke 12:15-21 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness…

Luke 16:1,2 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, …

Luke 19:17-26 And he said to him, Well, you good servant: because you have been …

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

1 Timothy 6:17,18 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

James 5:1-5 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

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Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted …

Psalm 73:20 As a dream when one wakes; so, O Lord, when you wake, you shall despise …

Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the …

James 1:10,11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the …

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …

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

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

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

the fashion. [To schema,] the form or appearance. Grotius remarks that the apostle's expression is borrowed from the theatre, where [to schema tes skenes paragei] means that the scene changes, and presents an appearance entirely new.

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