1 Corinthians 8 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, 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 Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 but anyone who loves God is known by him. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "no idol in the world really exists," 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 Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as 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 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 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 It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is 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 "Food will not bring us close to God." We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 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 liberty of yours does not somehow 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 For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food 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 So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of 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.