New American Standard Bible
The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
King James Bible
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Darby Bible Translation
And the world is passing, and its lust, but he that does the will of God abides for eternity.
World English Bible
The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God's will remains forever.
Young's Literal Translation
and the world doth pass away, and the desire of it, and he who is doing the will of God, he doth remain -- to the age.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And the world passeth away - Everything properly constituting this world where religion is excluded. The reference here does not seem to be so much to the material world, as to the scenes of show and vanity which make up the world. These things are passing away like the shifting scenes of the stage. See the notes at 1 Corinthians 7:31.
And the lust thereof - All that is here so much the object of desire. These things are like a pageant, which only amuses the eye for a moment, and then disappears forever.
But he that doeth the will of God abideth forever - This cannot mean that he will never die; but it means that he has built his happiness on a basis which is secure, and which can never pass away. Compare the notes at Matthew 7:24-27.
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1 Corinthians 7:31
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.
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