1 Corinthians 7:21
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English Standard Version
Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)

King James Bible
Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

American Standard Version
Wast thou called being a bondservant? Care not for it: nay, even if thou canst become free, use it rather.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wast thou called, being a bondman ? care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

English Revised Version
Wast thou called being a bondservant? care not for it: but if thou canst become free, use it rather.

Webster's Bible Translation
Art thou called being a servant? care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

Weymouth New Testament
Were you a slave when God called you? Let not that weigh on your mind. And yet if you can get your freedom, take advantage of the opportunity.

1 Corinthians 7:21 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Use it rather

Whether the apostle means, use the bondage or use the freedom - whether, take advantage of the offer of freedom, or, remain in slavery - is, as Dean Stanley remarks, one of the most evenly balanced questions in the interpretation of the New Testament. The force of καὶ even, and the positive injunction of the apostle in 1 Corinthians 7:20 and 1 Corinthians 7:24, seem to favor the meaning, remain in slavery. The injunction is to be read in the light of 1 Corinthians 7:22, and of Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11; 1 Corinthians 12:13, that freeman and slave are one in Christ; and also of the feeling pervading the Church of the speedy termination of the present economy by the second coming of the Lord. See 1 Corinthians 7:26, 1 Corinthians 7:29. We must be careful to avoid basing our conclusion on the modern sentiment respecting freedom and slavery.

1 Corinthians 7:21 Parallel Commentaries

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being.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free...

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all...

1 Timothy 6:1-3 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor...

1 Peter 2:18-24 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the fraudulent...

a servant. Rather, a slave, [doulos,] the property of another, and bought with his money. In these verses the apostle shows that Christianity makes no change in our civil connections.

care.

Luke 10:40,41 But Martha was encumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord...

Luke 12:29 And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be you of doubtful mind.

*marg:

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life...

Philippians 4:6,11 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God...

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you...

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:20
Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.

1 Corinthians 7:22
For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.

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