1 Corinthians 7:20-40 (New American Standard)

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20 1Each man must remain in that acondition in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave ? bDo not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather cdo that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is 2the Lord's freedman ; likewise he who was called while free, is 3Christ's slave. 23 4You were bought with a price ; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, 5each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called. 25 Now concerning virgins I have 6no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who d7by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. 26 I think then that this is good in view of the epresent 8distress, that 9it is good for a man fto remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife ? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife ? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if you marry, you have not sinned ; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have gtrouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, 10the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none ; 30 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 ; 31 and those who use the world, as though they did not 11make full use of it; for 12the form of this world is passing away. 32 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 ; 33 but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, 34 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. 35 This I say for your own benefit ; not to put a restraint upon you, but hto promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. 36 But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin ; let iher marry. 37 But he who stands firm in his heart, jbeing under no constraint, but has authority kover his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well. 38 So then both he who gives his own virgin daughter in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better. 39 14A wife is bound as long as her husband lives ; but if her husband lis dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only 15in the Lord. 40 But 16in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
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