1 Corinthians 8:1–12:11

Now as touching athings offered unto idols, we know that we all have bknowledge. bcKnowledge dpuffeth up, but charity eedifieth. And fif any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, gthe same is known of him. As concerning therefore the eating of athose things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that han idol is nothing in the world, and that ithere is none other God but one. For kthough there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But ito us there is but one God, lthe Father, mof whom are all things, and we ||in him; and none Lord Jesus Christ, oby whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that bknowledge: for some pwith conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as aa thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak qis defiled. But rmeat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, ||are we the better; neither, if we eat not, ||are we the worse. But stake heed tlest by any means this ||liberty of yours become a ustumblingblock vto them that are weak. 10 For wif any man see thee which hast bknowledge sit at meat in xthe idol’s temple, shall not pthe conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat athose things which are offered to idols; 11 wAnd through thy knowledge shall vthe weak brother perish, yfor whom Christ died? 12 But zwhen ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, aif meat bmake my brother to offend, cI will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I bmake my brother to offend.

9 aAm I not an apostle? am I not aafree? bhave I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? care not ye my work in the Lord? If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for dthe seal of mine eapostleship are ye in the Lord. Mine eeanswer to them that do fexamine me is this, Have we not power gto eat and to drink? hHave we not power to lead about ia sister, a ||wife, as well as other apostles, and as jthe brethren of the Lord, and kCephas? Or I only and lBarnabas, have not we power gto forbear working? Who goeth ma warfare any time at his own ncharges? who oplanteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who pfeedeth a qflock, and eateth not of the milk of the qflock? Say I these things ras a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, sThou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that ttreadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? uFor our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that whe that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that tthresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 xIf we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power yover you, are not we rather? Nevertheless zwe have not used this power; but asuffer all things, blest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that cthey which minister about holy things ||live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so dhath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel gshould live of the gospel. 15 But eI have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make fmy glorying void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing fto glory of: for gnecessity is laid upon me; hyea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have ia reward: but if against my will, ka dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18 What is my ireward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, lI may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I mabuse not my power in the gospel. 19 For though I be nfree from all men, yet have oI made myself servant unto all, that I might pgain the more. 20 And qunto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might pgain the Jews; qto them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might pgain them that are under the law; 21 rTo them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but sunder the law to Christ,) that I might pgain them that are without law. 22 tTo the weak became I as weak, that I might pgain the weak: oI am made all things to all men, that I might by all means usave some. 23 vAnd this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth wthe prize? So xrun, that ye may yobtain. 25 And every man that zstriveth for the mastery ais temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible bcrown; but we an cincorruptible. 26 I therefore so xrun, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that ccbeateth the air: 27 But dI ekeep under my body, and fbring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, gI myself should be ha castaway.

10 Moreover, brethren, aI would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under aathe cloud, and all passed through bthe sea; And were all baptized cunto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same dspiritual meat; And did all drink the same espiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that ||followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them fGod was not well pleased: for gthey were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our hexamples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as ithey also lusted. Neither be ye kidolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, lThe people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us mcommit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day nthree and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as osome of them also tempted, and pwere destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as qsome of them also murmured, and rwere destroyed of sthe destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ||hensamples: and tthey are written for our admonition, uupon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore xlet him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is ||common to man: but yGod is faithful, zwho will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a away to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, bflee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to cwise men; judge ye what I say.

16 dThe cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the ecommunion of the blood of Christ? fThe bread which we break, is it not the ecommunion of the body of Christ? 17 For gwe being many are one bread, and hone body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 18 iBehold Israel jafter the flesh: kare not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What say I then? lthat the idol is any thing, or mthat which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, nthey sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should ehave fellowship with devils. 21 oYe cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and pthe cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we qprovoke the Lord to jealousy? rare we stronger than he?

23 sAll things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things tedify not. 24 uLet no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. 25 vWhatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, wasking no question for xconscience sake: 26 For ythe earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. 27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; zwhatsoever is set before you, eat, wasking no question for xconscience sake. 28 But if any man say unto you, This is moffered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not afor his sake that shewed it, and for xconscience sake: for ythe earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: 29 xConscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is bmy liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 30 For if I by ||grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that cfor which I give thanks? 31 dWhether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 eGive fnone offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to gthe church of God: 33 Even as hI please all men in all things, unot seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be isaved.

11 aBe ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Now bI praise you, brethren, cthat ye remember me in all things, and dkeep the ||ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that ethe head of every man is Christ; and fthe head of the woman is the man; and gthe head of Christ is God. Every man praying or hprophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or iprophesieth with her head uncovered kdishonoureth her head: for that is even all one las if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be ma shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the nimage and oglory of God: but pthe woman is the oglory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but qthe woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but rthe woman for the man. 10 For this cause ought the woman to have ||power on her head because of sthe angels. 11 Nevertheless tneither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, uin the Lord. 12 For as qthe woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but xall …

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