Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is
the keeping of the commandments of God.
is to remain in that state in which he was called.
Were you called as a slave? Do not let it concern you. But if you are also able to become free, take advantage of that.
For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave, is the Lord’s freed person; likewise the one who was called as free, is Christ’s slave.
You were bought for a price; do not become slaves of people.
Brothers and sisters,
each one is to remain with God in that condition
in which he was called.
Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I am offering direction as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.
I think, then, that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such people as yourselves
will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to
But this I say, brothers, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;
and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess;