1 For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant, that our :fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them: now the rock was the Christ. 5 But with the greater part of them :God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evils, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be idolaters as some of them; even as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day twenty-three thousand. 9 Neither let us make severe trial of the Lord, as some of them made trial, and perished by the serpents. 10 Neither murmur, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer. 11 Now these happened to them as a †figure; and were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth look lest he fall. 13 Only human temptation hath overtaken you: but :God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way out, that ye be able to endure it.
14 Wherefore, my beloved, flee from :idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge what I say. 16 The cup of the blessing which we bless, is it not communion of the blood of the Christ? The bread which we break, is it not communion of the body of the Christ? 17 Because we the many are one loaf, one body: for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Observe the Israel after the flesh: have not they that eat the sacrifices communion with the altar? 19 What say I then? that aught sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 But I say, that the things which the nations sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with demons. 21 Ye cannot drink the Lord’s cup and a cup of demons: ye cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of a table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 23 All things are lawful; but not all are expedient. All are lawful; but not all build up. 24 Let no man seek his own, but the good of the other. 25 Everything :sold in shambles, eat, asking no question for :conscience’ sake; 26 for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. 27 If one of the unbelieving invite you to a feast, and ye wish to go; eat whatever is :set before you, asking no question for :conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone say to you, This hath been offered in sacrifice, eat not, for :his sake that showed it, and for :conscience: 29 conscience, I say, however, not :thine own, but the :other’s; for why is my :liberty judged by another conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I evil spoken of for what I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no occasion of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of :God: 33 even as I also please all in all things, not seeking mine own :profit, but that of the many, that they be saved.