Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that.

King James Version

Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

Holman Bible

Were you called while a slave? It should not be a concern to you. But if you can become free, by all means take the opportunity.

International Standard Version

Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let that bother you. Of course, if you have a chance to become free, take advantage of the opportunity.

A Conservative Version

Were thou called being a bondman? It should not concern thee. However if also thou are able to become free, take advantage of it instead.

American Standard Version

Wast thou called being a bondservant? Care not for it: nay, even if thou canst become free, use it rather.

Amplified

Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let that trouble you. But if you are able to gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.

An Understandable Version

Were you a slave when you were called? It should not matter to you [i.e., if you still are]. But if, indeed, you can become a free person, then use that freedom instead [i.e., for serving God].

Anderson New Testament

Were you a servant when you were called? Care not for it. But if you can become free, rather enjoy your freedom.

Bible in Basic English

If you were a servant when you became a Christian, let it not be a grief to you; but if you have a chance to become free, make use of it.

Common New Testament

Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let it trouble youbut if you can gain your freedom, do so.

Daniel Mace New Testament

were you called being a slave? be not perplex'd about it; but if you can obtain your freedom, don't refuse it.

Darby Translation

Hast thou been called being a bondman, let it not concern thee; but and if thou canst become free, use it rather.

Godbey New Testament

Have you been called being a slave? let it not be a care to you: but if indeed you are able to become free, use it in preference.

Goodspeed New Testament

If you were a slave when you were called, never mind. Even if you can gain your freedom, make the most of your present condition instead.

John Wesley New Testament

Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou canst be made free, use it rather.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Art thou called being a slave? care not for it; but if thou may be made free, use it rather.

Julia Smith Translation

A servant wert thou called? let it not concern thee: for if thou art able to be free, rather make use of it.

King James 2000

Are you called being a servant? care not for it: but if you may be made free, use it rather.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Were you called [while] a slave? Do not let it be a concern to you. But if indeed you are able to become free, rather make use of [it].

Modern King James verseion

Were you called as a slave? It does not matter to you, but if you are able to become free, use it rather.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Art thou called a servant? Care not for it. Nevertheless if thou mayst be free, use it rather.

Moffatt New Testament

You were a slave when you were called? Never mind. Of course, if you do find it possible to get free, you had better avail yourself of the opportunity.

Montgomery New Testament

Were you called in slavery? Let not that trouble you; but if you can become free make use of the opportunity.

NET Bible

Were you called as a slave? Do not worry about it. But if indeed you are able to be free, make the most of the opportunity.

New Heart English Bible

Were you called being a bondservant? Do not let that bother you, but if you get an opportunity to become free, use it.

Noyes New Testament

Wast thou called being a slave, care not for it; but even if thou canst be made free, use it rather.

Sawyer New Testament

were you called being a servant, care not for it; but if you can be free, use it rather.

The Emphasized Bible

A bond-servant, wast thou called? let it not cause thee concern; but, if thou canst even become, free, rather use it.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Art thou called being a slave? let it give thee no concern; but if thou canst also obtain thy freedom, rather make use of it.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let that trouble you. No, even if you are able to gain your freedom, still do your best.

Webster

Art thou called being a servant? care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

Weymouth New Testament

Were you a slave when God called you? Let not that weigh on your mind. And yet if you can get your freedom, take advantage of the opportunity.

Williams New Testament

Were you called while a slave? Stop letting that annoy you. Yet, if you can win your freedom, take advantage of such an opportunity.

World English Bible

Were you called being a bondservant? Don't let that bother you, but if you get an opportunity to become free, use it.

Worrell New Testament

Were you called, being a slave? care not for it; but, even if you can become free, use it rather.

Worsley New Testament

Wast thou called being a slave, be not anxious about it; but if thou canst be made free, prefer it.

Youngs Literal Translation

a servant -- wast thou called? be not anxious; but if also thou art able to become free -- use it rather;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Art thou called
καλέω 
Kaleo 
call, bid, be so named, named ,
Usage: 106

δοῦλος 
Doulos 
Usage: 65

μέλω 
melo 
Usage: 9

not
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

for it
σοί 
Soi 
thee, thou, thy, thine own, not tr
Usage: 113

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
Usage: 461

if
εἰ 
Ei 
if, whether, that, not tr,
Usage: 218

thou mayest
δύναμαι 
Dunamai 
can , cannot , be able, may , able,
Usage: 140

be made
γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
Usage: 531

ἐλεύθερος 
Eleutheros 
Usage: 21

χράομαι 
Chraomai 
Usage: 11

References

Prayers for 1 Corinthians 7:21

Context Readings

Concerning Christian Marriage

20 Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave.



Cross References

Luke 10:40-41

But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."

Luke 12:29

"And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.

Luke 21:34

"Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

1 Corinthians 12:13

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:11

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

Colossians 3:11

a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

1 Timothy 6:1-3

All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against.

Hebrews 13:5

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"

1 Peter 2:18-24

Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

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