Mourning, rejoicing, and buying (1 Cor. 7:30)

“The appointed time means

That those who mourn

Should be

As though they were not mourning,

That those who rejoice

Should be

As though they were not rejoicing,

That those who buy

Should be

As though they had no goods.”

καὶ οἱ κλαίοντες ὡς μὴ κλαίοντες, καὶ οἱ χαίροντες ὡς μὴ χαίροντες, καὶ οἱ ἀγοράζοντες ὡς μὴ κατέχοντες,

Paul said that the appointed time means that those who mourn (καὶ οἱ κλαίοντες) should be as though they were not mourning (ὡς μὴ κλαίοντες).  Those who rejoice (καὶ οἱ χαίροντες) should be as though they were not rejoicing (ὡς μὴ χαίροντες).  Those who buy things (καὶ οἱ ἀγοράζοντες) should be as though they had no goods (ὡς μὴ κατέχοντες).  The end times were near.  There would be no time for mourning, rejoicing, or buying or selling goods.  The mourners should not seem to mourn.  The rejoicing ones should not seem to rejoice.  The market buyers should not have anything.  The end times of Jesus’ second coming in judgment would turn the world around.  Are you expecting the end times of Jesus at the second coming?

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