1 Corinthians 7:34

“There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There is difference also between a wife and a virgin: the vnmaried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that shee may be holy, both in body and in spirit: but she that is married, careth for the things of the worlde, how shee may please her husband.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and {his interests} are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and is divided. `So' also the woman that is unmarried and the virgin is careful for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married is careful for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the wife is not the same as the virgin. The virgin gives her mind to the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in body and in spirit: but the married woman takes thought for the things of the world, how she may give pleasure to her husband.
- Basic English Bible

There is a difference between the wife and the virgin. The unmarried cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but she that has married cares for the things of the world, how she shall please her husband.
- Darby Bible

There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman is anxious for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy, both in body and in spirit: but she that is married, is anxious for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
- Webster's Bible

There is a difference too between a married and an unmarried woman. She who is unmarried concerns herself with the Lord's business--that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but the married woman concerns herself with the business of the world--how she shall please her husband.
- Weymouth Bible

There is also a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world--how she may please her husband.
- World English Bible

And a womman vnweddid and maidun thenkith what thingis ben of the Lord, that sche be hooli in bodi and spirit. But sche that is weddid, thenkith what thingis ben of the world, hou sche schal plese the hosebonde.
- Wycliffe Bible

The wife and the virgin have been distinguished: the unmarried is anxious for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit, and the married is anxious for the things of the world, how she shall please the husband.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:34


7:34 There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin - Whether the church be under persecution or not. The unmarried woman - If she know and use her privilege. Careth only for the things of the Lord - All her time, care, and thoughts centre in this, how she may be holy both in body and spirit. This is the standing advantage of a single life, in all ages and nations. But who makes a suitable use of it?


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:34


1Co 7:34 There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin, etc. The sole thought of the unmarried person who is consecrated to Christ is to please Christ.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • Steve morrow
    1COR7:40 BUT SHE IS HAPPIER IF SHE SO ABIDEAFTER MY JUDGEMENT--AND I THINK ALSO THAT I HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD--GALA1:11 BUT I CERTIFY YOU BRETHREN THAT THE GOSPEL WHICH WAS PREACHED OF ME IS NOT AFTER MAN 1:12 FOR I NEITHER RECEIVED IT OF MAN NEITHER WAS I TAUGHT IT BUT BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
    JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS.......
  • Calvin Johnson
    Great chapter of the bible. As a christian counselor let me say Marriage should be taken seriously. I have seen so many fall apart because of our lack of knowledge. Just as you would tune up your car to keep it running smoothly. I advise married couples to attend marriage seminars or retreats annually. God Bless
  • Suzie
    Love
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    Love Life
  • Cosy Hanson Mettle
    Marriage is good but we must play our roles as Christian and not of the world, so that we can enjoy the fullness of God's love.
    Any individuals with the gift of being single should play their roles as such in God and accrued the blessings therein.
  • JP
    What a treasure trove of wisdom! And such important subject matter.
  • BSP
    Verses 32 through 38 talk about the advantages of being single. It allows one to focus on serving God more fully with less distractions.

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