1 Corinthians 8Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)
Concerning Food Sacrificed To Idols: Let Love Guide Your Exercise of “Rights”
8 Now concerning the foods-sacrificed-to-idols, we know that we all have knowledge[a]. Knowledge puffs-up, but love builds-up. 2 If anyone thinks that he has come-to-know anything, he did not-yet know as he ought-to know. 3 But if one loves[b] God, this one has been known by Him. 4 Therefore concerning the eating of the foods-sacrificed-to-idols— we know that an idol is nothing[c] in the world, and that there is no God except one. 5 For even if-indeed there are ones being called gods, whether in heaven or on earth— as-indeed there are many[d] gods and many lords— 6 yet for us there is One God the Father, from Whom are all things, and we are[e] for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things, and we are through Him. 7 But this knowledge is not in all people. But some, by the accustomed-habit[f]of the idol until now, eat this food as[g] food-sacrificed-to-an-idol. And their conscience, being weak, is stained[h]. 8 But food will not bring us[i] near[j]to God— neither if we do not eat are we lacking, nor if we eat are we abounding. 9 But be watching-out that this right[k]of yours does not somehow become an opportunity-for-stumbling to the weak ones.10 For if someone sees you, the one having knowledge, reclining [to eat] in an idol-temple, will not his conscience, being weak, be built-up so as to eat the foods-sacrificed-to-idols? 11 For the one being weak is being destroyed[l] by your knowledge— the brother for the sake of whom Christ died! 12 And in this manner sinning against the brothers and striking[m] their conscience while being weak, you are sinning against Christ.
On The One Hand, I Will Not Do Anything That Hinders People’s Spiritual Advance
13 For-this-very-reason, if food causes my brother to fall, I will never eat meats, ever— in-order-that I may not cause my brother to fall.
1 Corinthians 8:1Before Paul gives the content of such knowledge in v 4-6, he corrects the spirit of such a statement.
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