1 CorinthiansChapter 8


1 Now concerning the things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. :Knowledge puffeth up, but :love buildeth up. 2 If any thinketh he †knoweth aught, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know; 3 but if any loveth :God, the same is known by him. 4 Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no God but one. 5 For though there be so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth; just as gods are many, and lords many; 6 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are :all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all the things, and we through him. 7 But not in all is the knowledge: but some, :being used until now to the idol, eat as of a thing sacrificed to idols; and their :conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But meat will not present us to :God: neither, if we eat not, do we lack; nor, if we eat, do we abound. 9 But look ye lest by any means this :power of yours become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if one see thee who hast knowledge sitting at meat in an idol’s temple, will not his :conscience, if he is weak, be †emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 11 For by thy :knowledge the weak perisheth, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 And thus, sinning against the brethren, and smiting their :conscience when weak, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat stumbles my :brother, I will eat no flesh unto the age, that I cause not my :brother to stumble.