GOD'S WORD® Translation (© 1995)
Were you a slave when you were called? That shouldn't bother you. However, if you have a chance to become free, take it.
King James Bible
Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou been called being a bondman, let it not concern thee; but and if thou canst become free, use it rather.
World English Bible
Were you called being a bondservant? Don't let that bother you, but if you get an opportunity to become free, use it.
Young's Literal Translation
a servant -- wast thou called? be not anxious; but if also thou art able to become free -- use it rather;
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'Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.'--1 COR. vii. 24. You find that three times within the compass of a very few verses this injunction is repeated. 'As God hath distributed to every man,' says the Apostle in the seventeenth verse, 'as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all the churches.' Then again in the twentieth verse, 'Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he is called.' And then finally in our text. The reason for …
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All people should stay as they were when they were called.
1 Corinthians 7:22
If the Lord called you when you were a slave, you are the Lord's free person. In the same way, if you were free when you were called, you are Christ's slave.
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