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1 Corinthians 8 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, concerning what you wrote about food offered to idols. It is true, of course, that "all of us have knowledge," as they say. Such knowledge, however, puffs a person up with pride; but 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 Those who think they know something really don't know as they ought to know. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But the person who loves God is known by him. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 So then, about eating the food offered to idols: we know that an idol stands for something that does not really exist; we know that there is only the 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 Even if there are so-called "gods," whether in heaven or on earth, and even though there are many of these "gods" and "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 yet there is for us only one God, the Father, who is the Creator of all things and for whom we live; and there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created and through whom we live. 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 knows this truth. Some people have been so used to idols that to this day when they eat such food they still think of it as food that belongs to an idol; their conscience is weak, and they feel they are defiled by the food. 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 Food, however, will not improve our relation with God; we shall not lose anything if we do not eat, nor shall we gain anything if we do 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 Be careful, however, not to let your freedom of action make those who are weak in the faith fall into sin. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 Suppose a person whose conscience is weak in this matter sees you, who have so-called "knowledge," eating in the temple of an idol; will not this encourage him to eat food offered 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 And so this weak person, your brother for whom Christ died, will perish because of your "knowledge"! 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 And in this way you will be sinning against Christ by sinning against other Christians and wounding their weak conscience. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 So then, if food makes a believer sin, I will never eat meat again, so as not to make a believer fall into 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.