1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under a the cloud, all passed through b the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same c spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same d spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies e were scattered in the wilderness.
6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as f they also lusted. 7 g And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, h "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play." 1 8 i Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as j some of them did, and k in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us 2 tempt Christ, as l some of them also tempted, and m were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as n some of them also complained, and o were destroyed by p the destroyer. 11 Now 3 all these things happened to them as examples, and q they were written for our 4 admonition, r upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore s let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but t God is faithful, u who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to 5 bear it.
14 Therefore, my beloved, v flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to w wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 x The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the 6 communion of the blood of Christ? y The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For z we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. 18 Observe a Israel b after the flesh: c Are not those who eat of the sacrifices 7 partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? d That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles e sacrifice f they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 g You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and h the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the i Lord's table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we j provoke the Lord to jealousy? k Are we stronger than He?
23 All things are lawful 8 for me, but not all things are l helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things 9 edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one m the other's well-being. 25 n Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience' sake; 26 for o "the earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness." 10 27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, p eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience' sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, "This was offered to idols," do not eat it q for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience' sake; 11 for r "the earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness." 12 29 "Conscience," I say, not your own, but that of the other. For s why is my liberty judged by another man's conscience? 30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food t over which I give thanks?
31 u Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 v Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just w as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.