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Though an idol be nothing, yet things offered up to idols are not to be eaten, for fear of scandal.

[1] Now concerning those things that are sacrificed to 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 hath not yet known as he ought to know. [3] But if any man love God, the same is known by him. [4] But as for the meats that are sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one. [5] For although there be that are called gods, either in heaven or on earth (for there be gods many, and lords many).

[1] Knowledge puffeth up: Knowledge, without charity and humility, serveth only to puff persons up.

[5] Gods many: Reputed for such among the heathens.

[6] Yet to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. [7] But there is not knowledge in every one. For some until this present, with conscience of the idol: eat as a thing sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. [8] But meat doth not commend us to God. For neither, if we eat, shall we have the more; nor, if we eat not, shall we have the less. [9] But take heed lest perhaps this your liberty become a stumblingblock to the weak. [10] For if a man see him that hath knowledge sit at meat in the idol' s temple, shall not his conscience, being weak, be emboldened to eat those things which are sacrificed to idols?

[11] And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ hath died? [12] Now when you sin thus against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. [13] Wherefore, if meat scandalize my brother, I will never eat flesh, lest I should scandalize my brother.

[13] If meat scandalize: That is, if my eating cause my brother to sin.

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