1 Corinthians 8
Food Offered to Idols1Now concerning ▼
▼The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians’ letter; see 7:1bfood offered to idols: we know that c“all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” dpuffs up, ebut love builds up. 2 fIf anyone imagines that he knows something, ghe does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But if anyone loves God, hhe is known by God. ▼
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 lso-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6yet mfor us there is one God, the Father, nfrom whom are all things and for whom we exist, and oone Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and pthrough whom we exist.
7However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, qthrough former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and rtheir conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 sFood 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 tthat this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block uto the weak. 10For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating ▼
▼Greek reclining at tablein an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged ▼
▼Or fortified; Greek built upif his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11And so by your knowledge this weak person is xdestroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12Thus, sinning against your brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sistersand zwounding their conscience when it is weak, aayou sin against Christ. 13Therefore, abif food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
Copyright information for ESV