1 Corinthians 81Now as concerning things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 2And if any man thinketh that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3But if any man loveth God, the same is known by him. 4Therefore as concerning the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5For though there are that are called gods, whether in heaven or upon earth, as there are gods many, and lords many,) 6Yet to us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. ▼
▼in: or, for7But there isnot in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol to this hour eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But food commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. ▼
▼are we the better: or, have we the more, ▼
▼are we the worse: or, have we the less9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours should become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. ▼
▼liberty: or, power10For if any man shall see thee who hast knowledge sit eating in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; ▼
▼emboldened: Gr. edified11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12But when ye thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food maketh my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to stumble.
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