1 Corinthians 8 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I want to deal with food offered to statues of gods. We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people proud. But love builds them 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 still don't know as they should. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But those who love God are known by God. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 So then, here is what I say about eating food that is offered to statues of gods. We know that a god made by human hands is really nothing at all in the world. 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 There may be so-called gods either in heaven or on earth. In fact, there are many "gods" and many "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 But for us there is only one God. He is the Father. All things came from him, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord. He is Jesus Christ. All things came because of him, and we live because of 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 everyone knows that. Some people still think that statues of gods are real gods. When they eat food that was offered to statues of gods, they think of it as food that was offered to real gods. And because they have a weak sense of what is right and wrong, 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 doesn't bring us close to God. We are no worse if we don't eat. We are no better 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 But be careful how you use your freedom. Be sure it doesn't trip up someone who is weaker than you. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 Suppose you who have that knowledge are eating in a temple of one of those gods. And suppose someone who has a weak sense of what is right and wrong sees you. Won't that person become bold and eat what has been offered to statues of gods? 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 If so, then your knowledge destroys that weak brother or sister for whom Christ died. 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 When you sin against other believers in that way, you harm their weak sense of what is right and wrong. By doing that you sin against Christ. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 So what should I do if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin? I will never eat meat again. In that way, I will not cause them to fall. 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.