1 Corinthians 8

Take Care with Your Liberty

1Now concerning a  things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have b  knowledge. Knowledge
Lit puffs up
,
d  makes arrogant, but love e  edifies.
2 f  If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet g  known as he ought to know; 3but if anyone loves God, he h  is known by Him.

4Therefore concerning the eating of i  things sacrificed to idols, we know that
Lit nothing is an idol in the world; i.e. an idol has no real existence
there is k  no such thing as an idol in the world, and that l  there is no God but one.
5For even if m  there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, 6yet for us n  there is but one God o  the Father p  from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and q  one Lord, Jesus Christ r  by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

7However not all men s  have this knowledge; but t  some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But u  food will not
Or present
commend us to God; we are neither
Lit lacking
the worse if we do not eat, nor
Lit abounding
the better if we do eat.
9But y  take care that this
Lit right
liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the aa  weak.
10For if someone sees you, who have ab  knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat ac  things sacrificed to idols? 11For through ad  your knowledge he who is weak ae  is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. 12 af  And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin ag  against Christ. 13Therefore ah  if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.
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