Passeth away (paragetai). "Is passing by" (linear action, present middle indicative), as in verse John 8 . There is consolation in this view of the transitoriness of the conflict with the world. Even the lust which belongs to the world passes also. The one who keeps on doing (poiwn present active participle of poiew) the will of God "abides for ever" (menei ei ton aiwna) "amid the flux of transitory things" (D. Smith).