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.
King James Bible
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: 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.
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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And they that use this world - Let them who have earthly property or employments discharge conscientiously their duties, from a conviction of the instability of earthly things. Make a right use of every thing, and pervert nothing from its use. To use a thing is to employ it properly in order to accomplish the end to which it refers. To abuse a thing signifies to pervert it from that use. Pass through things temporal, so as not to lose those which are eternal.
For the fashion of this world - Το σχημα του κοσμον τουτου signifies properly the present state or constitution of things; the frame of the world, that is, the world itself. But often the term κοσμος, world, is taken to signify the Jewish state and polity; the destruction of this was then at hand, and this the Holy Spirit might then signify to the apostle.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
LibraryForms Versus Character
'Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.'--1 COR. vii. 19. 'For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.'--GAL. v. 6. 'For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.'--GAL. vi. 16 (R.V.). The great controversy which embittered so much of Paul's life, and marred so much of his activity, turned upon the question whether a heathen man could come …
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)
Marriage and Celibacy.
Yet He Added, "But Such Shall have Tribulation of the Flesh...
Far be It, Therefore, that the Apostle So Said...
"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.
The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
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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