1 Corinthians 8

Food Offered to Idols

Now 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.
f If anyone imagines that he knows something g he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God h he is known by God.
Greek him

Therefore, 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.” For although there may be l so-called gods in heaven or on earthas indeed there are manygodsand manylords”— yet 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.

However, 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. 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. But take care t that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block u to the weak. 10 For 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?
11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is x destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers
Or  brothers and sisters
and z wounding their conscience when it is weak aa you sin against Christ.
13 Therefore ab if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

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