201Eachman must remain in that acondition in which he was called.
Were you called while a slave? bDo not worry about it; but if you are ablealso to becomefree, rathercdo that.
For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is 2the Lord'sfreedman; likewise he who was called while free, is 3Christ'sslave.
234You were bought with a price; do not becomeslaves of men.
24Brethren, 5eachone is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.
25Nowconcerningvirgins I have6nocommand of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who d7by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.
I thinkthen that this is good in view of the epresent8distress, that 9it is good for a manfto remain as he is.
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virginmarries, she has not sinned. Yetsuch will havegtrouble in thislife, and I am trying to spare you.
But this I say, brethren, 10the time has beenshortened, so that from now on those who havewives should be as though they hadnone;
and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess;
and those who use the world, as though they did not 11makefulluse of it; for 12the form of thisworld is passingaway.
But I want you to be free from concern. One who is 13unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
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 holyboth in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35This I say for your ownbenefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but hto promotewhat is appropriate and to secure undistracteddevotion to the Lord.
But ifanymanthinks that he is actingunbecominglytoward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him dowhat he wishes, he does not sin; let iher marry.
But he whostandsfirm in his heart, jbeingundernoconstraint, but hasauthoritykover his ownwill, and has decidedthis in his ownheart, to keep his ownvirgin daughter, he will dowell.
38Sothenboth he who gives his ownvirgin daughter in marriagedoeswell, and he who does not give her in marriage will dobetter.
3914A wife is bound as long as her husbandlives; but if her husbandlis dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only15in the Lord.
But 16in my opinion she is happierif she remains as she is; and I think that I alsohave the Spirit of God.