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1 Corinthians 8 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: we know that, as you say, "We all have knowledge." Yes, that is so, but "knowledge" puffs a person up with pride; whereas love builds up. 1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2 The person who thinks he "knows" something doesn't yet know in the way he ought to know. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 However, if someone loves God, God knows him. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 So, as for eating food sacrificed to idols, we "know" that, as you say, "An idol has no real existence in the world, and there is only one God." 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 even if there are so-called "gods," either in heaven or on earth - as in fact there are "gods" and "lords" galore - 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 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things come and for whom we exist; and one Lord, Yeshua the Messiah, through whom were created all things and through whom we have our being. 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 But not everyone has this knowledge. Moreover, some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat food which has been sacrificed to them, they think of it as really affected by the idol; and their consciences, being weak, are thus defiled. 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 Now food will not improve our relationship with God - we will be neither poorer if we abstain nor richer if we eat. 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 However watch out that your mastery of the situation does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 You have this "knowledge"; but suppose someone with a weak conscience sees you sitting, eating a meal in the temple of an idol. Won't he be built up wrongly to eat this food which has been sacrificed to idols? 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 Thus by your "knowledge" this weak person is destroyed, this brother for whom the Messiah died; 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 and so, when you sin against the brothers by wounding their conscience when it is weak, you are sinning against the Messiah! 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 To sum up, if food will be a snare for my brother, I will never eat meat again, lest I cause my brother to sin. 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.