1 Corinthians 10:1-22 NIV

Warnings From Israel's History

1 For I do not want you to be ignorant1 of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud2 and that they all passed through the sea.3

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2 They were all baptized into4 Moses in the cloud and in the sea.

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3 They all ate the same spiritual food5

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4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock6 that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

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5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.7

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6 Now these things occurred as examplesa8 to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.

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    • a 10:6 - Or "types"; also in verse 11
      7 Do not be idolaters,9 as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry."b10

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        • b 10:7 - Exodus 32:6
          8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.11

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          9 We should not test the Lord,12 as some of them did--and were killed by snakes.13

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          10 And do not grumble, as some of them did14--and were killed15 by the destroying angel.16

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          11 These things happened to them as examples17 and were written down as warnings for us,18 on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.19

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              12 So, if you think you are standing firm,20 be careful that you don't fall!

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              13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful;21 he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.22 But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

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              Idol Feasts and the Lord's Supper

              14 Therefore, my dear friends,23 flee from idolatry.24

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              15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
              16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break25 a participation in the body of Christ?26

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              17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body,27 for we all partake of the one loaf.

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              18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices28 participate in the altar?

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              19 Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?29

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              20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons,30 not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.

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              21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.31

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              22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy?32 Are we stronger than he?33

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