How to please the Lord (1 Cor. 7:32)

“I want you

To be free

From anxieties.

The unmarried man

Is anxious

About the affairs of the Lord,

How to please the Lord.”

θέλω δὲ ὑμᾶς ἀμερίμνους εἶναι. ὁ ἄγαμος μεριμνᾷ τὰ τοῦ Κυρίου, πῶς ἀρέσῃ τῷ Κυρίῳ

Paul said that I want you (θέλω δὲ ὑμᾶς) to be free from anxieties (ἀμερίμνους εἶναι).  The unmarried man (ὁ ἄγαμος) is anxious about the affairs of the Lord (μεριμνᾷ τὰ τοῦ Κυρίου), how to please the Lord (πῶς ἀρέσῃ τῷ Κυρίῳ).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἄγαμος, that means unmarried or not in a state of wedlock.  Once again, Paul emphasized the role of the unmarried celibate from a practical point of view.  Paul wanted these Christians in Corinth to be free from any cares.  Thus, the unmarried man would be more concerned about the affairs of the Lord and how to please him, as opposed to the married man who would worry about how to please his wife.  Paul definitely had a preference for the unmarried man.  Do you think that the unmarried life is better than the married life?

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