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20 Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you.

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17 Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.

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12 We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.

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11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.

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21 Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. 22 And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. 23 God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.[a] 24 Each of you, dear brothers and sisters,[b] should remain as you were when God first called you.

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Footnotes

  1. 7:23 Greek don’t become slaves of people.
  2. 7:24 Greek brothers; also in 7:29.

A person who strays from home
    is like a bird that strays from its nest.

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10 The crowds asked, “What should we do?”

11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?”

13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.”

14 “What should we do?” asked some soldiers.

John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”

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