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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
 
VIII
 
 
[1]    NOW concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth. 1
[2]  If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know;
[3]  but if any man loveth God, the same is known by him.
[4]  Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no God but one.
[5]  For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth; as there are gods many, and lords many;
[6]  yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him.
[7]  Howbeit there is not in all men that knowledge: but some, being used until now to the idol, eat as of a thing sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
[8]  But food will not commend 2 us to God: neither, if we eat not, are 3 we the worse; nor, if we eat, are 4 we the better.
[9]  But take heed lest by any means this liberty 5 of yours become a stumblingblock to the weak.
[10]  For is a man see thee who hast knowledge sitting at meat in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be 6 emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols?
[11]  For through 7 thy knowledge he that is weak perisheth, the brother for whose sake Christ died.
[12]  And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, ye sin against Christ.
[13]  Wherefore, if meat causeth my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh for evermore, that I cause not my brother to stumble.
 
Note 1. Gr. buildeth up. [back]
Note 2. Gr. present. [back]
Note 3. Gr. do we lack. [back]
Note 4. Gr. do we abound. [back]
Note 5. Or, power. [back]
Note 6. Gr. be builded up. [back]
Note 7. Gr. in. [back]
 

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