- Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge.
Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.
- If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know;
- but if any man loveth God, the same is known by him.
- Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is [anything] in the world, and that there is no God but one.
- For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth;
as there are gods many, and lords many;
- yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him;
and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him.
- Howbeit there is not in all men that knowledge: but some, being used until now to the idol, eat as [of] a thing sacrificed to an idol;
and their conscience being weak is defiled.
- But food will not commend us to God: neither, if we eat not, are we the worse;
nor, if we eat, are we the better.
- But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to the weak.
- For if a man see thee who hast knowledge sitting at meat in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols?
- For through thy knowledge he that is weak perisheth, the brother for whose sake Christ died.
- And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, ye sin against Christ.
- Wherefore, if meat causeth my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh for evermore, that I cause not my brother to stumble.