1 Corinthians 8
To abstain from meats offered to idols.
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered vnto idoles, wee know that wee all haue knowledge. Knowledge puffeth vp: but Charitie edifieth. 1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man thinke that hee knoweth any thing, hee knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man loue God, the same is knowen of him. 1 Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice vnto idoles, wee know that an idole is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. 1 Corinthians 8:5 For though there bee that are called gods, whether in heauen or in earth (as there be gods many, and lords many:) 1 Corinthians 8:6 But to vs there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him, and one Lord Iesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 1 Corinthians 8:7 Howbeit there is not in euerie man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idole vnto this houre, eate it as a thing offred vnto an idole, and their conscience being weake, is defiled.
We must not abuse our Christian liberty, to the offence of our brethren:
1 Corinthians 8:8 But meate commendeth vs not to God: for neither if we eate, are we the better: neither if wee eate not, are we the worse. 1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any meanes, this libertie of yours become a stumbling blocke to them that are weake. 1 Corinthians 8:10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge, sit at meat in the idols temple: shall not the conscience of him which is weake, be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols?
but must bridle our knowledge with charity.
1 Corinthians 8:11 And through thy knowledge shal the weake brother perish, for whome Christ died? 1 Corinthians 8:12 But when ye sinne so against the brethren, and wound their weake conscience, ye sinne against Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore if meate make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.