THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
C. The Type of Israel
1. Baptized unto Moses
1 1For I do not want you to be 2aignorant, brothers, that 3all our fathers were under the 4bcloud, and all passed through the csea;
2 And all were 1abaptized 2unto Moses 3in the cloud and in the sea;
2. Eating the Same Spiritual Food
and Drinking the Same Spiritual Drink
3 And all ate the same 1spiritual afood,
4 And all drank the same 1spiritual adrink; for they drank of a 2spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ.
3. Most of Them Strewn Along
in the Wilderness
5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for they were 1astrewn along in the wilderness.
6 Now these things occurred as 1aexamples to 2us, that we should not be ones who lust after evil things, even as they also blusted.
7 Neither become 1aidolaters, as bsome of them did; as it is written, c"The people sat down to 1eat and drink, and stood up to dplay.''
8 Neither let us commit 1afornication, as some of them bcommitted fornication, and there 2fell in one day ctwenty-three thousand.
9 Neither let us 1atest Christ, as some of them btested Him and were destroyed by the cserpents.
10 Neither 1amurmur, just as some of them bmurmured and cperished by the 2destroyer.
11 Now these things 1happened to them as an aexample, and they were bwritten for our admonition, unto whom the 2ends of the ages 3have come.
12 1So then let him who athinks he bstands take heed lest he 2fall.
13 1No 2temptation has taken you except 3that which is common to man; and God is afaithful, who will not allow that you be 4btempted beyond what you are able, but will, with the 2temptation, also make the way out, that you may be able to cendure it.
D. Keeping the Lord's Table from Idolatry
1. The Fellowship of the Lord's Blood and Body
14 1Therefore, my beloved, flee from 2aidolatry.
15 I speak as to prudent men; you ajudge what I say.
16 The acup of blessing which we bbless, is it not the 1fellowship of the cblood of Christ? The dbread which we break, is it not the 1fellowship of the ebody of Christ?
17 Seeing that there is 1one bread, we who are many are aone Body; for we all 2partake of the one bread.
18 Look at Israel aaccording to the flesh. Are not those who beat the sacrifices those who 1have fellowship with the 2caltar?
2. The Separation of the Lord's Table
from the Demons' Table
19 What then am I saying? That what is asacrificed to an idol is anything? Or that an idol is anything?
20 No, but that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to 1ademons and not to God; and I do not want you to become 2bthose who have fellowship with demons.
21 You cannot 1drink the Lord's acup and the demons' cup; you cannot partake of the Lord's btable and of the cdemons' table.
22 Or do we 1aprovoke the Lord to bjealousy? Are we cstronger than He?
1. Building Up Others, Seeking Their Advantage
23 1aAll things are 2lawful, but not all things are 3profitable; all things are 2lawful, but not all things 4bbuild up.
24 Let no one aseek his own profit, but that of the other.
25 Everything sold in a 1meat market aeat, asking no questions for bconscience' sake;
26 For the aearth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.
27 If any of the unbelievers invites you and you wish to go, aeat everything that is set before you, asking no question for bconscience' sake.
28 But if anyone says to you, This has been offered in sacrifice, do anot eat, for his sake who pointed it out and for bconscience' sake.
29 Conscience, I say, not your own, but the other's. For why is my afreedom judged by some other conscience?
30 If I 1partake with athankfulness, why am I spoken bevil of concerning that for which I give thanks?
2. To the Glory of God
31 1Therefore 2whether you aeat or drink, or bwhatever you do, do all to the cglory of God.
32 1Do not become a astumbling block, both to 2Jews and to Greeks and to the bchurch of God;
33 Even as 1I also aplease ball men in all things, not cseeking my own advantage but that of the many, that they may be dsaved.