1 Corinthians 8 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now about things offered to images: we all seem to ourselves to have knowledge. Knowledge gives pride, but love gives true strength. 1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2 If anyone seems to himself to have knowledge, so far he has not the right sort of knowledge about anything; 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But if anyone has love for God, God has knowledge of him. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 So, then, as to the question of taking food offered to images, we are certain that an image is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one. 4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.
5 For though there are those who have the name of gods, in heaven or on earth, as there are a number of gods and a number of lords, 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"),
6 There is for us only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we are for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we have our being through him. 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
7 Still, all men have not that knowledge: but some, being used till now to the image, are conscious that they are taking food which has been offered to the image; and because they are not strong in the faith, their minds are troubled. 7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.
8 But God's approval of us is not based on the food we take: if we do not take it we are no worse for it; and if we take it we are no better. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
9 But take care that this power of yours does not give cause for trouble to the feeble. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 For if a man sees you, who have knowledge, taking food as a guest in the house of an image, will it not give him, if he is feeble, the idea that he may take food offered to images? 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol's temple, won't he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols?
11 And so, through your knowledge, you are the cause of destruction to your brother, for whom Christ underwent death. 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 And in this way, doing evil to the brothers, and causing trouble to those whose faith is feeble, you are sinning against Christ. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 For this reason, if food is a cause of trouble to my brother, I will give up taking meat for ever, so that I may not be a cause of trouble to my brother. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.