1 Corinthians Chapter 8:1-2
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.
1 Corinthians 8:1-3
Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
- What does knowledge do, and what does love do? 1 Corinthians 7:1Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
- What is more important than knowledge? 1 Corinthians 7:2-32Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.3Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
1 Corinthians Chapter 8:4-6
Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.”
1 Corinthians 8:4-6
Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),
yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
- What is an idol in the world, and how many God's are there? 1 Corinthians 7:4The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
- Even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, who is our God and what has He made? 1 Corinthians 7:5-65Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.6But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.
1 Corinthians Chapter 8:7-8
However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
1 Corinthians 8:7-8
However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
- What do some not have, and how are they defiled? 1 Corinthians 7:7For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
- What does not condemn us to God? 1 Corinthians 7:8But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;
1 Corinthians Chapter 8:9-13
But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
1 Corinthians 8:9-13
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
- Why should we beware? 1 Corinthians 7:9but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
- If anyone sees you eating in an idol's temple, why can happen? 1 Corinthians 7:10Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband.
- How can this be sin against our brother? 1 Corinthians 7:11But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
- When we sin against our brother and wound their weak conscience, who are we sinning against? 1 Corinthians 7:12But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her.
- What should we do to avoid stumbling a brother? 1 Corinthians 7:13And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.