Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
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.223
You were bought at a price;3 do not become slaves of men.
Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.425
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.
Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.727
Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.828
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.
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;
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;
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