17 Only, aas the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And bso I direct in call the churches.
18 Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? aHe is not to be circumcised.
19 aCircumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is bthe keeping of the commandments of God.
20 aEach man must remain in that 1condition in which he was called.
21 Were you called while a slave? 1Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather 2do that.
22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is athe Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is bChrist’s slave.
23 aYou were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, aeach one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.