New International Version
Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Art thou called being a servant? - Δουλος εκληθης, Art thou converted to Christ while thou art a slave - the property of another person, and bought with his money? care not for it - this will not injure thy Christian condition, but if thou canst obtain thy liberty - use it rather - prefer this state for the sake of freedom, and the temporal advantages connected with it.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
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'Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.'--1 COR. vii. 19. 'For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.'--GAL. v. 6. 'For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.'--GAL. vi. 16 (R.V.). The great controversy which embittered so much of Paul's life, and marred so much of his activity, turned upon the question whether a heathen man could come …
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)
Marriage and Celibacy.
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1 Corinthians 7:20
Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
1 Corinthians 7:22
For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord's freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ's slave.
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