But (A)food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.

But (B)beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become (C)a [a]stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not (D)the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And (E)because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But (F)when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, (G)if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

A Pattern of Self-Denial

Am (H)I not an apostle? Am I not free? (I)Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? (J)Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are (K)the [b]seal of my apostleship in the Lord.


  1. 1 Corinthians 8:9 cause of offense
  2. 1 Corinthians 9:2 certification

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