1 Corinthians 8

Food Offered to Idols

1 Now a concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have b knowledge. c Knowledge 1 puffs up, but love 2 edifies. 2 And d if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.

4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that e an idol is nothing in the world, f and that there is no other God but one. 5 For even if there are g so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6 yet h for us there is one God, the Father, i of whom are all things, and we for Him; and j one Lord Jesus Christ, k through whom are all things, and l through whom we live.

7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, m with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is n defiled. 8 But o food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. 9 But p beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become q a 3 stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not r the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And s because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But t when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, u if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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