20 (A)Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.

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Live as You Are Called

17 Only let each person lead the life[a] (A)that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. (B)This is my rule in (C)all the churches.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:17 Or each person walk in the way

12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[a]

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:12 Greek to eat their own bread

11 and to aspire (A)to live quietly, and (B)to mind your own affairs, and (C)to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

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21 Were you a bondservant[a] when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is (A)a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is (B)a bondservant of Christ. 23 (C)You were bought with a price; (D)do not become bondservants of men. 24 So, brothers,[b] (E)in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:21 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verses 22 (twice), 23
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:24 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 29

Like (A)a bird that strays from its nest
    is a man who strays from his home.

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10 And the crowds asked him, (A)“What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, (B)“Whoever has two tunics[a] is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 (C)Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, (D)what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, (E)“Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, (F)what shall we do?” And he said to them, (G)“Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your (H)wages.”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 3:11 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin

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