For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.
Every one should remain in the state in which he was called.
Were you a slave when called? Never mind. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.
For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ.
You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
So, brethren, in whatever state each was called, there let him remain with God.
Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is.
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage.
But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.
I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,
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