1Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. (Ac 15:29; Ro 14:3; Ro 15:14; 1Co 8:4; 1Co 8:7; 1Co 8:10; 1Co 13:4)2If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. (1Co 3:18; 1Co 13:8; 1Co 13:12; Ga 6:3; 1Ti 6:3)3But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. (Ex 33:12; Ex 33:17; Jer 1:5; Na 1:7; Ga 4:9; 2Ti 2:19)4Therefore, 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.” (De 4:35; De 4:39; Isa 41:24; Ac 14:15; 1Co 8:6; 1Co 10:19)5For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— (2Th 2:4)6yet 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. (Mal 2:10; Joh 1:3; Joh 13:13; Ro 11:36; 1Co 1:2; 1Co 8:4; Eph 4:5; Eph 4:6; Col 1:16; 1Ti 2:5)7However, 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. (Ro 14:14; Ro 14:22; 1Co 10:25; 1Co 10:28)8Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. (Ro 14:17)9But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. (Ro 14:1; Ro 14:21; 1Co 10:23; Ga 5:13)10For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?11And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. (Ro 14:15; Ro 14:20)12Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. (Zec 2:8; Mt 18:6; Mt 25:45)13Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. (Ro 14:13; Ro 14:21; 2Co 6:3; 2Co 11:29)
1 Corinthians 8
New International Version
Concerning food sacrificed to idols
1Now about food sacrificed to idols: we know that ‘We all possess knowledge.’ But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.2Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.3But whoever loves God is known by God.4So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: we know that ‘An idol is nothing at all in the world’ and that ‘There is no God but one.’5For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’),6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.7But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.8But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.9Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling-block to the weak.10For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?11So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.12When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.13Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
1 Corinthians 8
King James Version
1Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.2And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.3But if any man love God, the same is known of him.4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.5For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.8But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.10For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
1 Corinthians 8
New International Reader’s Version
Food sacrificed to statues of gods
1Now I want to deal with food sacrificed to statues of gods. We know that ‘We all have knowledge.’ But knowledge makes people proud, while love builds them up.2Those who think they know something still don’t know as they should.3But whoever loves God is known by God.4So then, here is what I say about eating food sacrificed to statues of gods. We know that ‘a god made by human hands is really nothing at all in the world.’ We know that ‘there is only one God.’5There may be so-called gods either in heaven or on earth. In fact, there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’.6But for us there is only one God. He is the Father. All things came from him, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord. He is Jesus Christ. All things came because of him, and we live because of him.7But not everyone knows this. Some people still think that statues of gods are real gods. They might eat food sacrificed to statues of gods. When they do, they think of it as food sacrificed to real gods. And because those people have a weak sense of what is right and wrong, they feel guilty.8But food doesn’t bring us close to God. We are no worse if we don’t eat. We are no better if we do eat.9But be careful how you use your rights. Be sure you don’t cause someone weaker than you to fall into sin.10Suppose you, with all your knowledge, are eating in a temple of one of those gods. And suppose someone who has a weak sense of what is right and wrong sees you. Won’t that person become bold and eat what is sacrificed to statues of gods?11If so, then your knowledge destroys that weak brother or sister for whom Christ died.12Suppose you sin against them in this way. Then you harm their weak sense of what is right and wrong. By doing this, you sin against Christ.13So suppose what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin. Then what should I do? I will never eat meat again. In that way, I will not cause them to fall.