1 Corinthians 7:32
New International Version
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs--how he can please the Lord.

New Living Translation
I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord's work and thinking how to please him.

English Standard Version
I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
I want you to be free from concern. The unmarried man is concerned about the work of the Lord, how he can please the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
And I desire you to be without concern. The unmarried man cares for the things of the Lord, how he should please the Lord;

New American Standard Bible
But 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;

King James Bible
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:

Christian Standard Bible
I want you to be without concerns. The unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord--how he may please the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
I want all of you to be free from worry. An unmarried man worries about how to please the Lord.

Good News Translation
I would like you to be free from worry. An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord's work, because he is trying to please the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I want you to be without concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord--how he may please the Lord.

International Standard Version
I want you to be free from concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, that is, about how he can please the Lord.

NET Bible
And I want you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.

New Heart 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;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, I want you to be without care, for whoever does not have a wife thinks upon what is of his Lord and how he may please his Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I don't want you to have any concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, [that is,] about how he can please the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
But 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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I would have you without worry. He that is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord;

King James 2000 Bible
But I would have you without concern. He that is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

American King James Version
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
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:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God.

Darby Bible Translation
But I wish you to be without care. The unmarried cares for the things of the Lord, how he shall please the Lord;

English Revised Version
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:

Webster's Bible Translation
But I would have you without anxious care. He that is unmarried, is anxious for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
And I would have you free from worldly anxiety. An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord's business--how he shall 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;

Young's Literal Translation
And I wish you to be without anxiety; the unmarried is anxious for the things of the Lord, how he shall please the Lord;
Study Bible
The Unmarried and Widowed
31and those who use the things of this world, as if not dependent on them. For this world in its present form is passing away. 32I want you to be free from concern. The unmarried man is concerned about the work of the Lord, how he can please the Lord. 33But the married man is concerned about the affairs of this world, how he can please his wife,…
Cross References
Mark 4:19
but the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

John 10:13
The man runs away because he is a hired servant and is unconcerned for the sheep.

1 Corinthians 7:33
But the married man is concerned about the affairs of this world, how he can please his wife,

1 Timothy 5:5
The widow who is truly in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers.

Treasury of Scripture

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:

I would.

Psalm 55:22
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Matthew 6:25-34
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? …

Matthew 13:22
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

He that.

1 Timothy 5:5
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

that belong to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:34
There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.







Lexicon
I want
Θέλω (Thelō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

you
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

to be
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

free from concern.
ἀμερίμνους (amerimnous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 275: Free from anxiety (though anxiety is rather too strong a word) or care. Not anxious.

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.

unmarried man
ἄγαμος (agamos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 22: Unmarried, of a person not in a state of wedlock, whether he or she has formerly been married or not. Unmarried.

is concerned about
μεριμνᾷ (merimna)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3309: To be over-anxious; with acc: To be anxious about, distracted; I care for. From merimna; to be anxious about.

the [work]
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter 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.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive 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,
Κυρίου (Kyriou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

he can please
ἀρέσῃ (aresē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 700: To please, with the idea of willing service rendered to others; hence almost: I serve. Probably from airo; to be agreeable.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative 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.
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.
(32) But I would have you.--These words seem to take up again the form of expression in 1Corinthians 7:28. I would spare you trouble; I also wish to have you free from anxious care. That is my reason for so advising you. And here the Apostle returns to the subject immediately under consideration, and shows here what he has been saying bears upon it. This element of anxious care must be borne in mind in considering the desirability or otherwise of marriage.

There are some important variations in the readings of these verses (1Corinthians 7:32-34) in the Greek MSS. The emendations required in the Greek text, from which the Authorised version is translated, are, I think, as follows:--Omit the full-stop after 1Corinthians 7:33, connecting it with 1Corinthians 7:34 by the insertion of the word "and." Insert "and" in 1Corinthians 7:34 before "a wife," and the word "unmarried" after a wife." The whole passage will then stand thus (rendering the Greek verb as it is in 1Corinthians 1:13, "divided," and, not, as in the English version here, "a difference between"): The unmarried man careth for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But the married man careth for the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and is divided in his interests (i.e., distracted). Also the wife that is unmarried (i.e., a widow, or divorced), and the unmarried virgin (i.e., the maid who is free from any contract of marriage), cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit. But she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

The whole force of the passage is that married persons have, in the fulfilment of their obligations to each other, an additional interest and concern from which the unmarried are free. It must ever be distinctly borne in mind that this advice was given solely under the impression that the end of all earthly things was impending, and that the great trial and desolation was beginning to darken over the world. The Apostle who wrote these words of warning himself expressly condemns those who applied them as involving general moral obligations, and not as suited merely to temporary requirements (1Timothy 4:1; 1Timothy 4:3). He had himself at this time a strong personal inclination for a celibate life; but still he could enjoy and show a preference for the companionship of those who were evidently otherwise minded--he abode and wrought with Aquila and Priscilla his wife, at Corinth (Acts 18:3). We can still imagine circumstances arising in individual cases to which the principle enforced by the Apostle would apply. A man might feel it his duty to devote his life to some missionary enterprise, in which marriage would hamper his movements and impede his usefulness. Such an exceptional case would hence only establish the general rule. "It may not be out of place to recall" (writes Stanley, in his Exposition of St. Paul's View of Celibacy) "a celebrated instance of a similarly emphatic preference for celibacy on precisely similar grounds--not of abstract right, but of special expediency--in the well-known speech of our great Protestant Queen, when she declared that England was her husband and all Englishmen her children, and that she desired no higher character or fairer remembrance of her to be transmitted to posterity than this inscription engraved upon her tombstone: 'Here lies Elizabeth, who lived and died a maiden queen.'"

Verse 32. - But I would have you without carefulness. In these words he reverts to ver. 28, after the digression about the transiency of earthly relations. If they were "overcharged... with cares of this life," the day of the Lord might easily "come upon them unawares" (Luke 21:34). 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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