1 Corinthians 8 TNIV

Concerning Food Sacrificed to Idols

1 Now about food sacrificed to idols:1 We know that "We all possess knowledge."2 But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.

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      2 Those who think they know something3 do not yet know as they ought to know.4

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      3 But whoever loves God is known by God.a5

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        • a 8:3 - ,3 An early manuscript and another ancient witness "think they have knowledge do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves truly knows."
          4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols:6 We know that "An idol is nothing at all in the world"7 and that "There is no God but one."8

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              5 For even if there are so-called gods,9 whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"),

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              6 yet for us there is but one God,10 the Father,11 from whom all things came12 and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord,13 Jesus Christ, through whom all things came14 and through whom we live.

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                  7 But not everyone possesses this knowledge.15 Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak,16 it is defiled.

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                  8 But food does not bring us near to God;17 we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

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                  9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block18 to the weak.19

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                  10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol's temple, won't they be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?20

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                    • 20 8:10 - ver 1,4,7
                      11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed21 by your knowledge.

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                      12 When you sin against them22 in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.23

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                      13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.24

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