1 Corinthians 8

Food Offered to Idols

1Now concerning
The expression  Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians’ letter; see 7:1
b  food offered to idols: we know that c  “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledged  puffs up e  but love builds up.
2 f  If anyone imagines that he knows something g  he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But if anyone loves God h  he is known by God.
Greek him

4Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that j  “an idol has no real existence,” and that k  “there is no God but one.” 5For although there may be l  so-called gods in heaven or on earthas indeed there are manygodsand manylords”— 6yet m  for us there is one God, the Father n  from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and o  one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and p  through whom we exist.

7However, not all possess this knowledge. But some q  through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and r  their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 s  Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9But take care t  that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block u  to the weak. 10For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating
Greek reclining at table
in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged
Or fortified; Greek built up
if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?
11And so by your knowledge this weak person is x  destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12Thus, sinning against your brothers
Or  brothers and sisters
and z  wounding their conscience when it is weak aa  you sin against Christ.
13Therefore ab  if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

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