THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
VII. Dealing with the Eating
of Things Sacrificed to Idols
A. An Inadvisable Eating
1. Not according to Love, Which Builds Up
1 Now concerning 1things sacrificed to aidols, we 2know that we all have 3bknowledge. 4Knowledge cpuffs up, but 4dlove 5ebuilds up.
2 If anyone athinks that he 1knows anything, he has bnot yet come to 1know as he ought to 1know;
3 But if anyone 1aloves God, this one is bknown by Him.
2. Idols Being Nothing
4 Therefore concerning the eating of things asacrificed to idols, we 1know that an bidol is cnothing in the world and that there is no God but done.
5 For even if there are so-called agods, either in heaven or on earth, even as there are many gods and many lords,
6 Yet to 1us there is 2aone God, the 3bFather, 4out from whom are call things, and we are 4unto Him; and 5done Lord, 6Jesus Christ, 4ethrough whom are all things, and we are 4through Him.
7 But athis knowledge is not in all men; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, beat the food as an cidol sacrifice, and their 1dconscience, being weak, is 2defiled.
3. Food Not Commending Us to God
8 But afood will not commend us to God; neither if we do not eat are we lacking, nor if we eat do we 1abound.
4. Stumbling Weak Brothers
9 But beware lest somehow this 1right of yours become a astumbling block to the 2bweak ones.
10 For if anyone sees you who have aknowledge reclining at table in an bidol temple, will not his cconscience, if he is weak, be 1emboldened to eat the things dsacrificed to the idols?
11 For the one who is aweak is being 1bdestroyed by your cknowledge, the brother because of whom Christ ddied.
12 And sinning in this way against the brothers and 1wounding their weak aconscience, you sin against Christ.
13 Therefore if food 1astumbles my brother, I shall by no means eat 2meat forever, that I may not 1stumble my brother.