The married woman was concerned about her husband (1 Cor. 7:34)

“The married man

Has divided interests.

The unmarried woman

Or virgin

Is anxious

About the affairs of the Lord,

How to be holy

In body

And spirit.

But the married woman

Is anxious

About worldly affairs,

And how to please her husband.”

καὶ μεμέρισται. καὶ ἡ γυνὴ ἡ ἄγαμος καὶ ἡ παρθένος μεριμνᾷ τὰ τοῦ Κυρίου, ἵνα ᾖ ἁγία καὶ τῷ σώματι καὶ τῷ πνεύματι· ἡ δὲ γαμήσασα μεριμνᾷ τὰ τοῦ κόσμου, πῶς ἀρέσῃ τῷ ἀνδρί.

Paul said that thus the married man had divided interests (καὶ μεμέρισται).  The unmarried women (καὶ ἡ γυνὴ ἡ ἄγαμος) or the young virgins (καὶ ἡ παρθένος) were anxious (μεριμνᾷ) about the affairs of the Lord (τὰ τοῦ Κυρίου), how to be holy (ἵνα ᾖ ἁγία) in body (καὶ τῷ σώματι) and spirit (καὶ τῷ πνεύματι).  But the married woman (ἡ δὲ γαμήσασα) was anxious (μεριμνᾷ) about worldly affairs (μεριμνᾷ τὰ τοῦ κόσμου), and how to please her husband (πῶς ἀρέσῃ τῷ ἀνδρί).  Paul continued to harp on the practical matters.  The married man had divided interests between his wife and the Lord.  The unmarried women or the young virgins, like an unmarried men, were more concerned about the affairs of the Lord God, since they wanted to be holy in both their body and spirit.  On the other hand, the married women were like the married men.  They were more concerned about the affairs of the world and their family.  They too were worried about how to please their husbands.  Do married couples worry about pleasing each other?

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