The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods.(A)

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17 but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted(A) themselves with other gods, bowing down to them. They quickly turned from the way(B) of their ancestors, who had walked in obedience to the Lord’s commands. They did not do as their ancestors did.

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About eating food sacrificed to idols, then, we know that “an idol is nothing in the world,”[a] and that “there is no God but one.”(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 8:4 Or an idol has no real existence

However, not everyone has this knowledge. Some have been so used to idolatry up until now that when they eat food sacrificed to an idol, their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

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10 For if someone sees you, the one who has knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, won’t his weak conscience be encouraged[a] to eat food offered to idols?

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Footnotes

  1. 8:10 Or built up

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