THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
There are gods many and lords many—To us there is one God (the Father) and one Lord, who is Christ.
touching things offered unto bidols
, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but ccharity dedifieth
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to aknow
But if any man love God, the same is aknown
As concerning therefore the eating of those things athat
are offered in sacrifice unto bidols
, we know that an cidol is
nothing in the world, and that there is
none other God but one.
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us there is but
, the bFather
, of whom are
all things, and we in him; and one cLord
Jesus Christ, by whom are dall
things, and we by him.
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 aconscience
being weak is defiled.
commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
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;
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
But when ye sin so against the abrethren
, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
Wherefore, if meat amake
my brother to boffend
, I will ceat
no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.