1 Corinthians 10:14

Idol Feasts and the Lord’s Supper

14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

1 Corinthians 10:14 in Other Translations

14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
14 So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.
14 So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.
14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

1 Corinthians 10:14 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 10:14

Wherefore, my dearly beloved
Some copies add, "brethren"; as do the Complutensian edition, and Ethiopic version; all which endearing epithets are used to persuade to attend to the exhortation enforced upon the foregoing considerations; since the Jewish fathers, who were idolaters, fell so much under the divine displeasure; and since such who thought they stood were so liable to fall, and the temptation to which they exposed themselves was of such a dangerous consequence; therefore,

flee from idolatry;
as what is most dishonourable, pernicious, and abominable: the apostle's meaning is, not only that they would not worship idols, or commit plain downright acts of idolatry; but that they would stand at the greatest distance from idols, not so much as go into an idol's temple, and there sit down and eat; which if not a real act of idolatry, had at least the show of one; and his sense is, that they would abstain from all appearance of idolatry, from every occasion of it, and whatsoever led unto it; particularly he means, that they would not eat of things sacrificed to idols as such, and in an idol's temple; which he considers as a species of idolatrous worship, and by a similar instance he after proves it to be so, even a partaking of the table of devils.

1 Corinthians 10:14 In-Context

12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
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 break a participation in the body of Christ?

Cross References 2

  • 1. Hebrews 6:9; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 John 2:7; Jude 3
  • 2. ver 7; 1 John 5:21
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