1 Corinthians 7:20
New International Version
Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.

New Living Translation
Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you.

English Standard Version
Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.

Berean Study Bible
Each one should remain in the situation he was in when he was called.

Berean Literal Bible
Each in the calling in which he has been called, in this let him abide.

King James Bible
Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

New King James Version
Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.

New American Standard Bible
Each person is to remain in that state in which he was called.

NASB 1995
Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.

NASB 1977
Let each man remain in that condition in which he was called.

Amplified Bible
Each one should remain in the condition in which he was [when he was] called.

Christian Standard Bible
Let each of you remain in the situation in which he was called.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Each person should remain in the life situation in which he was called.

American Standard Version
Let each man abide in that calling wherein he was called.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let every person continue in the calling in which he was called.

Contemporary English Version
So don't try to change what you were when God chose you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let every man abide in the same calling in which he was called.

English Revised Version
Let each man abide in that calling wherein he was called.

Good News Translation
Each of you should remain as you were when you accepted God's call.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All people should stay as they were when they were called.

International Standard Version
Everyone should stay in the same condition in which he was called.

Literal Standard Version
Each in the calling in which he was called—in this let him remain;

NET Bible
Let each one remain in that situation in life in which he was called.

New Heart English Bible
Let each person stay in that calling in which he was called.

Weymouth New Testament
Whatever be the condition in life in which a man was, when he was called, in that let him continue.

World English Bible
Let each man stay in that calling in which he was called.

Young's Literal Translation
Each in the calling in which he was called -- in this let him remain;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Live Your Calling
19Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commandments is what counts. 20Each one should remain in the situation he was in when he was called. 21Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let it concern you—but if you can gain your freedom, take the opportunity.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:21
Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let it concern you--but if you can gain your freedom, take the opportunity.

1 Corinthians 7:24
Brothers, each one should remain in the situation he was in when God called him.


Treasury of Scripture

Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

abide.

1 Corinthians 7:17,21-23
But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches…

Proverbs 27:8
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

Luke 3:10-14
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? …









(20) Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.--This is an emphatic repetition of the principle on which the previous practical instruction is based. "Calling" must not here be regarded in the modern sense of profession or condition in life; it is nowhere so used in the New Testament, but always signifies God's calling of us. (See Romans 11:29; Ephesians 1:18.) Continue to be Christians of the kind which God's call to Christianity made you. If you were circumcised--and so God's call into the Christian Church made you a circumcised Christian--continue so; don't do anything which would seem to imply that some other change in addition to your "call" was necessary to complete your admission to the Church.

Verse 20. - Let every man abide in the same calling, etc. In accordance with this general principle, which illustrates the distinction between Christianity and violent social revolutions, St. John the Baptist had not bidden publicans or soldiers to abandon their callings, but to do their duty in that state of life to which God had called them (Luke 3:12-14). The "calling" alluded to is not what is described as "a vocation," a calling in life, but the condition in which we are when we are called by God (comp. 1 Corinthians 1:26; Ephesians 1:18; Ephesians 4:1).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Each [one]
Ἕκαστος (Hekastos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1538: Each (of more than two), every one. As if a superlative of hekas; each or every.

should remain
μενέτω (menetō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3306: To remain, abide, stay, wait; with acc: I wait for, await. A primary verb; to stay.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

situation
κλήσει (klēsei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2821: A calling, invitation; in the NT, always of a divine call. From a shorter form of kaleo; an invitation.

[he was] in
(hē)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

when he was called.
ἐκλήθη (eklēthē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2564: (a) I call, summon, invite, (b) I call, name. Akin to the base of keleuo; to 'call'.


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