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Take Care with Your Liberty

1 Now concerning athings sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have bknowledge. Knowledge Icmakes arrogant, but love dedifies. 2 aIf anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet bknown as he ought to know; 3 but if anyone loves God, he ais known by Him.

[1] ILit puffs up aAc 15:20; 1Co 8:4, 7, 10 bRo 15:14; 1Co 8:7, 10; 10:15 c1Co 4:6 dRo 14:19
[2] a1Co 3:18 b1Co 13:8-12; 1Ti 6:4
[3] aPs 1:6; Jr 1:5; Am 3:2; Ro 8:29; 11:2; Ga 4:9

4 ¶ Therefore concerning the eating of athings sacrificed to idols, we know that Ithere is bno such thing as an idol in the world, and that cthere is no God but one. 5 For even if athere are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, 6 yet for us athere is [but] one God, bthe Father, cfrom whom are all things and we [exist] for Him; and done Lord, Jesus Christ, eby whom are all things, and we [exist] through Him.

[4] ILit nothing is an idol in the world; i.e. an idol has no real existence aAc 15:20; 1Co 8:1, 7, 10 bAc 14:15; 1Co 10:19; Ga 4:8 cDt 4:35, 39; 6:4; 1Co 8:6
[5] a2Th 2:4
[6] aDt 4:35, 39; 6:4; Is 46:9; Jr 10:6, 7; 1Co 8:4 bMal 2:10; Ep 4:6 cRo 11:36 dJn 13:13; 1Co 1:2; Ep 4:5; 1Ti 2:5 eJn 1:3; Col 1:16

7 ¶ However not all men ahave this knowledge; but bsome, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat [food] as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But afood will not Icommend us to God; we are neither IIthe worse if we do not eat, nor IIIthe better if we do eat. 9 But atake care that this Iliberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the bweak. 10 For if someone sees you, who have aknowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat bthings sacrificed to idols? 11 For through ayour knowledge he who is weak bis ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. 12 aAnd so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin bagainst Christ. 13 Therefore, aif food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.

[7] a1Co 8:4ff bRo 14:14, 22f
[8] IOr present IILit lacking IIILit abounding aRo 14:17
[9] ILit right aRo 14:13, 21; 1Co 10:28; Ga 5:13 bRo 14:1; 1Co 8:10f
[10] a1Co 8:4ff bAc 15:20; 1Co 8:1, 4, 7
[11] a1Co 8:4ff bRo 14:15, 20
[12] aMt 18:6; Ro 14:20 bMt 25:45
[13] aRo 14:21; 1Co 10:32; 2Co 6:3; 11:29


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To abstain from meats offered to idols.

1 ¶ Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him. 4 As 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. 5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 But 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. 7 Howbeit [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.

[1] Nu 25:2; Is 5:21; 47:10; Ac 15:10, 19, 29; 21:25; Ro 11:25; 12:16; 14:3, 10, 14, 22; 1Co 1:5; 4:10, 18; 5:2, 6; 8:2, 4, 7, 10, 11; 10:19, 28; 13:1, 2, 4; 14:20; 15:34; Ep 4:16; Col 2:18; Rv 2:14, 20.
[2] Pv 26:12; 30:2; Ro 11:25; Ga 6:3; 1Ti 1:5; 6:3.
[3] Ex 33:12, 17; Ps 1:6; 17:3; 139:1; Na 1:7; Mt 7:23; Jn 10:14; 21:17; Ro 8:28, 29; 11:2; 1Co 2:9; Ga 4:9; 2Ti 2:19; Jm 1:12; 2:5; 1P 1:8; 1Jn 4:19; 5:2; Rv 2:9, 13, 19; 3:8, 15.
[4] Dt 3:24; 4:39; 6:4; 32:39; Ps 115:4; Is 37:16, 20; 41:24; 44:6, 8, 24; 45:5, 14; Jr 10:10, 14; 51:17; Hab 2:19; Mk 12:29; Ac 19:26; 1Co 8:6; 10:19; Ep 4:6; 1Ti 1:17; 2:5; Jde 1:25.
[5] Dt 10:17; Jr 2:11, 28; 11:13; Dn 5:4; Jn 10:34; Ga 4:8; 2Th 2:4.
[6] Jna 1:9; Mal 2:10; Mt 11:27; 28:18; Jn 1:3; 5:20; 10:30; 13:13; 14:9, 20; 17:3, 21, 23; 20:17; Ac 2:36; 5:31; 17:28; Ro 11:36; 1Co 6:13; 8:4; 12:3; Ep 1:3, 20; 3:14; 4:5, 6; Php 2:9; Col 1:6, 16; 1Ti 2:5; He 1:2; 1P 1:2, 21; Rv 1:18.
[7] Ro 14:14, 23; 1Co 1:10; 8:9; 10:28.

We must not abuse our Christian liberty, to the offence of our brethren:

8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10 For 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;

[8] Ro 14:17; 1Co 6:13; Col 2:20; He 13:9.
[9] Lv 19:14; Is 35:3; 57:14; Ezk 14:3; 44:12; Mt 18:6, 10; Lk 17:1; Ro 14:1, 13, 20; 15:1; 1Co 8:10, 12; 9:22; 10:24, 29, 32; 2Co 11:21; Ga 5:13; 1P 2:16; 2P 2:19; Rv 2:14.
[10] Nu 25:2; Jg 9:27; Am 2:8; Ro 14:14, 23; 1Co 8:1; 10:20, 28, 32.

but must bridle our knowledge with charity.

11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

[11] Ro 14:15, 20; 15:1; 1Co 8:13; 10:33; 11:1.
[12] Gn 20:9; 42:22; Ex 16:8; 32:21; 1S 2:25; 19:4; 24:11; Mt 12:49; 18:10, 21; 25:40, 45; Ac 9:4; 1Co 12:12.
[13] Ro 14:21; 1Co 6:12; 9:12, 19; 10:33; 11:1; 13:5; 2Co 11:29; 2Ti 3:8.


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