1 Corinthians 8 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I will write about meat that is sacrificed to idols. We know that "we all have knowledge." Knowledge puffs you 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 If you think you know something, you do not yet know anything as you should. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But if any person loves God, that person is known by God. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 So this is what I say about eating meat sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is really nothing in the world, and we know 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 Even though there are things called gods, in heaven or on earth (and there are many "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 for us there is only one God -- our Father. All things came from him, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord -- Jesus Christ. All things were made through him, and we also were made 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 But not all people know this. Some people are still so used to idols that when they eat meat, they still think of it as being sacrificed to an idol. Because their conscience is weak, when they eat it, they feel guilty. 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 food will not bring us closer to God. Refusing to eat does not make us less pleasing to God, and eating does not make us better in God's sight. 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 be careful that your freedom does not cause those who are weak in faith to fall into sin. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 You have "knowledge," so you eat in an idol's temple. But someone who is weak in faith might see you eating there and be encouraged to eat meat sacrificed to idols while thinking it is wrong to do so. 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 This weak believer for whom Christ died is ruined because of your "knowledge." 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 When you sin against your brothers and sisters in Christ like this and cause them to do what they feel is wrong, you are also sinning against Christ. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 So if the food I eat causes them to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again so that I will not cause any of them 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.