1 Corinthians 7:17
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
In every church I tell the people to stay as they were when the Lord Jesus chose them and God called them to be his own. Now I say the same thing to you.

Good News Translation
Each of you should go on living according to the Lord's gift to you, and as you were when God called you. This is the rule I teach in all the 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 assigned to each one, 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,

2 Thessalonians 1:4
That is why we boast among God's churches about your perseverance and faith in the face of all the persecution and affliction you are enduring.

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 hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

Matthew 19:12
For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Romans 12:3-8
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith…

as the.

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

so ordain.

1 Corinthians 4:17
For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

1 Corinthians 16:1
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

2 Corinthians 11:28
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.







Lexicon
Regardless,
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

each one
ἑκάστῳ (hekastō)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1538: Each (of more than two), every one. As if a superlative of hekas; each or every.

should lead
περιπατείτω (peripateitō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4043: From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow.

[ the life ]
οὕτως (houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

[that]
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lord
Κύριος (Kyrios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

has assigned [to him]
ἐμέρισεν (emerisen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3307: From meros; to part, i.e. to apportion, bestow, share, or to disunite, differ.

[and to which]
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

God
Θεός (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

has called
κέκληκεν (keklēken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2564: (a) I call, summon, invite, (b) I call, name. Akin to the base of keleuo; to 'call'.

[him].
ἕκαστον (hekaston)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1538: Each (of more than two), every one. As if a superlative of hekas; each or every.

This [is what]
οὕτως (houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

I prescribe
διατάσσομαι (diatassomai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1299: To give orders to, prescribe, arrange. From dia and tasso; to arrange thoroughly, i.e. institute, prescribe, etc.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

all
πάσαις (pasais)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

the
ταῖς (tais)
Article - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

churches.
ἐκκλησίαις (ekklēsiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.
(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. 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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