1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 7:21

“Art thou called being a seruant? care not for it: but if thou maist be made free, vse it rather.”

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Other Translations

Art thou called [being] a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use [it] rather.
- King James Version

Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wast thou called being a bondservant? Care not for it: nay, even if thou canst become free, use `it' rather.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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.
- Weymouth Bible

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

Thou seruaunt art clepid, be it no charge to thee; but if thou maist be fre, `the rather vse thou.
- Wycliffe Bible

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

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:21


7:21 Care not for it - Do not anxiously seek liberty. But if thou canst be free, use it rather - Embrace the opportunity.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 7:21


1Co 7:21 Art thou called [being] a servant? Half the population of the Roman Empire at this time were slaves. Thousands of the early Christians were in this condition. Care not for it. If a servant was converted, let him not be troubled over his servile state;. But if thou mayest be free. But if he had the means of becoming free, let him rather choose freedom.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 7

  • G. Ochoa
    Clearer explanation of 1 Corinth 6:9, 10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Then lists the fornicators sexually immoral , idolater, adulterers, effeminate male prostitutes , abusers of themselves with mankind homosexual offenders , 10. The thieves, covetous the greedy , drunkards, revilers slanderers , extortioners swindlers . . .
  • Adam
    Fornication in verse 2- do you believe fornication is sexual intercourse outside of marriage? Does it include all sexual activity even kissing is considered sexual by some or just intercourse?
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 7:25 now concerning virgins --- I have no commandment of THE LORD --- YET I GIVE MY JUDGEMENT --- as one that hath obtained mercy of THE LORD to be faithful ECCLESISTES 5:2 be not rash with thy mouth and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before GOD for GOD is in heaven and thou upon earth --- therefore let thy words be few
  • BSP
    Verse 16~ A husband's or wife's faith can have a powerful impact on their unbelieving mate and may even move that one to have faith.
  • Peace Francis
    1Corinthian 6:9-10 be not deceived neither fornicators, nor idolatry nor adulterers, nor effeminate(homosexual), not abusers of themselves with mankind... Shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 7:34 there is difference also between a wife and a virgin the unmarried woman careth for the--THINGS OF THE LORD--that she may be holy both in body and in spirit but she that is married careth for the things of the world how she may may please her husband 1TIMOTHY 5:5 now she that is a widow indeed and desolate trusteth in GOD and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day

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