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.
25 Now concerning virgins I have ano command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who 1bby the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.
26 I think then that this is good in view of the 1present adistress, that bit is good for a man 2to remain as he is.
27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.