1 Corinthians 7:21-31 (New International Version)

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21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman;1 similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave.2 23 You were bought at a price;3 do not become slaves of men. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.4 25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord,5 but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy6 is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.7 27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.8 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned;9 and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. 29 What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short.10 From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.11
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