1 Corinthians 10
Warning Against Idolatry1For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sistersthat our fathers were all under b the cloud, and all c passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and d all ate the same e spiritual food, 4and f all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for g they were overthrown ▼
▼Or were laid lowin the wilderness. 6Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as i they did. 7 j Do not be idolaters k as some of them were; as it is written l “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8 m We must not indulge in sexual immorality n as some of them did, and o twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put Christ ▼
▼Some manuscripts the Lordto the test, q as some of them did and r were destroyed by serpents, 10nor grumble s as some of them did and t were destroyed by u the Destroyer. 11Now these things happened to them as an example, but v they were written down for our instruction w on whom the end of the ages has come. 12Therefore x let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. y God is faithful, and z he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 14Therefore, my beloved aa flee from idolatry. 15I speak ab as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 ac The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? ad The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are ae one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18Consider af the people of Israel: ▼
▼Greek Consider Israel according to the fleshah are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that ai an idol is anything? 20No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice aj they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 ak You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and al the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and am the table of demons. 22 an Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? ao Are we stronger than he?
Do All to the Glory of God23 ap “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 aq Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 ar Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26For as “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go at eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29I do not mean au your conscience, but his. For av why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that aw for which I give thanks? 31So, whether you eat or drink, or ax whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 ay Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to az the church of God, 33just as ba I try to please everyone in everything I do, bb not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
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