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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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1 Corinthians 10:1-33

10  Now I do not want YOU to be ignorant, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud+ and all passed through the sea+  and all got baptized into Moses+ by means of the cloud and of the sea;  and all ate the same* spiritual food+  and all drank the same spiritual drink.+ For they used to drink from the spiritual rock-mass+ that followed them, and that rock-mass*+ meant* the Christ.+  Nevertheless, on most of them God did not express his approval,+ for they were laid low+ in the wilderness.  Now these things became our examples,* for us not to be persons desiring injurious things,+ even as they desired them.  Neither become idolaters, as some of them did;+ just as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they got up to have a good time.”+  Neither let us practice fornication, as some of them committed fornication,+ only to fall, twenty-three thousand [of them] in one day.+  Neither let us put Jehovah*+ to the test, as some of them put [him] to the test,+ only to perish by the serpents.+ 10  Neither be murmurers, just as some of them murmured,+ only to perish by the destroyer.+ 11  Now these things went on befalling them as examples,* and they were written for a warning+ to us upon whom the ends* of the systems of things*+ have arrived. 12  Consequently let him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.+ 13  No temptation has taken YOU except what is common to men.+ But God is faithful,+ and he will not let YOU be tempted beyond what YOU can bear,+ but along with the temptation he will also make the way out+ in order for YOU to be able to endure it. 14  Therefore, my beloved ones, flee+ from idolatry.+ 15  I speak as to men with discernment;+ judge for yourselves what I say. 16  The cup+ of blessing which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of the Christ? The loaf which we break,+ is it not a sharing in the body of the Christ?+ 17  Because there is one loaf, we, although many,+ are one body,*+ for we are all partaking of that one loaf.+ 18  LOOK at that which is Israel in a fleshly way:+ Are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers with* the altar?+ 19  What, then, am I to say? That what is sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?+ 20  No; but I say that the things which the nations* sacrifice they sacrifice to demons,+ and not to God; and I do not want YOU to become sharers with the demons.+ 21  YOU cannot be drinking the cup of Jehovah*+ and the cup of demons; YOU cannot be partaking of “the table of Jehovah”*+ and the table of demons. 22  Or “are we inciting Jehovah* to jealousy”?+ We are not stronger+ than he is, are we? 23  All things are lawful; but not all things are advantageous.+ All things are lawful;+ but not all things build up.+ 24  Let each one keep seeking, not his own [advantage],+ but that of the other person.+ 25  Everything that is sold in a meat market keep eating,+ making no inquiry on account of YOUR conscience;+ 26  for “to Jehovah*+ belong the earth and that which fills it.”+ 27  If anyone of the unbelievers invites YOU and YOU wish to go, proceed to eat everything that is set before YOU,+ making no inquiry on account of YOUR conscience.+ 28  But if anyone should say to YOU: “This is something offered in sacrifice,” do not eat on account of the one that disclosed it and on account of conscience.*+ 29  “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other person. For why should it be that my freedom is judged by another person’s conscience?+ 30  If I am partaking with thanks, why am I to be spoken of abusively over that for which I give thanks?+ 31  Therefore, whether YOU are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory.+ 32  Keep from becoming causes for stumbling+ to Jews as well as Greeks and to the congregation of God, 33  even as I am pleasing all people in all things,+ not seeking my own advantage+ but that of the many, in order that they might get saved.+


“The same,” אcBVgSyp; א* omits; P46A, “the.”
“Rock-mass.” Gr., pe′tra, fem. See Mt 16:18 ftn, “Rock-mass.”
Or, “was.” See Mt 26:26 ftn.
Or, “types.” Gr., ty′poi; Lat., in fi·gu′ra.
“Jehovah,” J18,22,23; אBC(Gr.), ton Ky′ri·on; P46D, “the Christ”; A, “God.” See App 1D.
Or, “as for a typical purpose.” Gr., ty·pi·kos′; Lat., in fi·gu′ra.
Or, “accomplished (completed) ends.” Gr., te′le.
Or, “of the orders of things.” Gr., ton ai·o′non; Lat., sae·cu·lo′rum; J17,22(Heb.), ha·ʽoh·la·mim′.
Or, “Because we, although many, are one loaf, one body.”
Or, “in.”
“The nations,” P46אACVgSyh,p; BD, “they.”
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
Syh and TR add: “(For the earth belongs to the Lord [J7,8,10,11,13,14,16,17, “to Jehovah”], and so does its fullness).”