1 Corinthians 10

Avoid Israel’s Mistakes

For a I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all b under the cloud and all c passed through the sea; and all were d baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all e ate the same spiritual food; and all f drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was
I.e. the Messiah
Christ.
Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for h they were laid low in the wilderness.

Now these things happened as i examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as j they also craved. Do not be k idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, l The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to m  play.” Nor let us act immorally, as n some of them
Lit acted immorally
did, and p twenty-three thousand fell in one day.
Nor let us try the Lord, as q some of them
Lit made trial
did, and were destroyed by the serpents.
10 Nor s grumble, as some of them
Lit grumbled
did, and u were destroyed by the v destroyer.
11 Now these things happened to them as an w example, and x they were written for our instruction, upon whom y the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who z thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and aa God is faithful, who will not allow you to be ab tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

14 Therefore, my ac beloved, flee from ad idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. 16 Is not the ae cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the
Lit loaf
,
ag bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?
17 Since there is one
Lit loaf
bread, we ai who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one
Lit loaf
bread.
18 Look at
Lit Israel according to the flesh
the nation al Israel; are not those who am eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?
19 What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or an that an idol is anything? 20 No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they ao sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 21  ap You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and aq the table of demons. 22 Or do we ar provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not as stronger than He, are we?

23  at All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things au edify. 24 Let no one av seek his own good, but that of his
Lit the other
neighbor.
25  ax Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake; 26  ay  for the earth is the Lords, and
Lit its fullness
all it contains.
27 If ba one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go bb eat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake. 28 But bc if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake; 29 I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for bd why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness be why am I slandered concerning that for which I bf give thanks?

31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or bg whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32  bh Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to bi the church of God; 33 just as I also bj please all men in all things bk not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many bl so that they may be saved.
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