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20 Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called.

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The Life that the Lord Has Assigned

17 However that may be, let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. This is my rule in all the churches.

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

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11 to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you,

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21 Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever.[a] 22 For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters. 24 In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters,[b] there remain with God.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:21 Or avail yourself of the opportunity
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:24 Gk brothers

Like a bird that strays from its nest
    is one who strays from home.

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10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

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