1 Corinthians 8:1-13

8  And as to meat from idol-sacrifices: we are aware that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2  If anybody thinks he knows anything, he has not known yet as one needs to know. 3  But if anybody loves God, that man is known by him. 4  Well, then, as to the eating of meat from idol-sacrifices, we are aware that there is no such thing in the world as an idol-god and that there is no God but one— 5  for, though it be a fact that there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 * yet for us there is one God, the Father, out of whom comes everything and into whom come we; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom comes everything, and through him we. 7  But not everybody has the knowledge in him; and some, by habituation to the idol-god heretofore, eat as from an idol-sacrifice, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8  And a food will not be a recommendation to God for us: we are neither in inferior standing if we do not eat nor in especially good standing if we do. 9  But look out that this right of yours does not possibly become a snag for the feet of the weak. 10  For if one sees you, the one who has the knowledge, taking a meal in an idol-temple, will not his conscience, weak as he is, be built up into eating meat from idol-sacrifices? 11  why, by your knowledge the weak one is perishing, the brother on whose account Christ died! 12  And so, sinning against the brothers and battering their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 * Wherefore if a food is tripping my brother up I will go without meat forever in order not to trip my brother up.


8:6 Lit. out of whom is everything and we into him, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom is everything and we through him
8:13 Lit. will not eat meat forever