1 Corinthians 8 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now concerning food offered 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 If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But if one loves God, one 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 "an idol has no real existence," 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 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth--as indeed 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 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through being hitherto accustomed to idols, eat food as really 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 commend us 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 Only take care lest this liberty of yours 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 any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, 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 by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding 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 my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother 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.