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1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8:1  
Now about things offered to images: we all seem to ourselves to have knowledge. Knowledge gives pride, but love gives true strength.

1 Corinthians 8:2  
If anyone seems to himself to have knowledge, so far he has not the right sort of knowledge about anything;

1 Corinthians 8:3  
But if anyone has love for God, God has knowledge of him.

1 Corinthians 8:4  
So, then, as to the question of taking food offered to images, we are certain that an image is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.

1 Corinthians 8:5  
For though there are those who have the name of gods, in heaven or on earth, as there are a number of gods and a number of lords,

1 Corinthians 8:6  
There is for us only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we are for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we have our being through him.

1 Corinthians 8:7  
Still, all men have not that knowledge: but some, being used till now to the image, are conscious that they are taking food which has been offered to the image; and because they are not strong in the faith, their minds are troubled.

1 Corinthians 8:8  
But God's approval of us is not based on the food we take: if we do not take it we are no worse for it; and if we take it we are no better.

1 Corinthians 8:9  
But take care that this power of yours does not give cause for trouble to the feeble.

1 Corinthians 8:10  
For if a man sees you, who have knowledge, taking food as a guest in the house of an image, will it not give him, if he is feeble, the idea that he may take food offered to images?

1 Corinthians 8:11  
And so, through your knowledge, you are the cause of destruction to your brother, for whom Christ underwent death.

1 Corinthians 8:12  
And in this way, doing evil to the brothers, and causing trouble to those whose faith is feeble, you are sinning against Christ.

1 Corinthians 8:13  
For this reason, if food is a cause of trouble to my brother, I will give up taking meat for ever, so that I may not be a cause of trouble to my brother.


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