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 offered in sacrifice 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 are many gods, and many lords);
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 the knowledge is not in all. For some until this present with a 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 stumbling-block
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
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.
11: Romans xiv. 15.
13: Romans xiv. 21.