1 Corinthians 10:17-27 NIV

17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body,1 for we all partake of the one loaf.

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18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices2 participate in the altar?

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19 Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?3

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20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons,4 not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.

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21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.5

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22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy?6 Are we stronger than he?7

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The Believer's Freedom

23 "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial.8 "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive.

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24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.9

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25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,10

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26 for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it."a11

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27 If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you12 without raising questions of conscience.

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