Psalm 14-17 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Fool Says, There Is No God
To the choirmaster. Of David.
14 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
5 There they are in great terror,
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?
A Psalm of David.
15 O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
You Will Not Abandon My Soul
A Miktam[c] of David.
16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
4 The sorrows of those who run after[e] another god shall multiply;
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
11 You make known to me the path of life;
In the Shadow of Your Wings
A Prayer of David.
17 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
3 You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
10 They close their hearts to pity;
13 Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him!
15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
1 Corinthians 8 English Standard Version (ESV)
Food Offered to Idols
8 Now concerning[a] food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.[b]
4 Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating[c] in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged,[d] if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers[e] and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
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