1 For I wish you not to be ignorant, brothers, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized to Moses by the cloud and by the sea, 3 and all eat the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of the spiritual rock which followed them, and that rock was Christ; 5 but with many of them God was not pleased; for they were destroyed in the wilderness.
6 But these things are examples for us, that we should not desire evil things, as they did. 7 Neither be idolaters, as some of them were, as it is written; The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them did and fell in one day twenty-three thousand. 9 Neither let us try Christ, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents. 10 Neither do you complain as some of them complained and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 All these things happened to them as examples, and are recorded for our admonition on whom the ends of the ages have come; 12 so that he who thinks he stands, let him take heed lest he fall. 13 For no trial has befallen you but what is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tried beyond what you are able, but with the trial will order the event, that you may be able to endure.
14 Wherefore, my beloved, avoid idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation of the body of Christ? 17 For we, being many, are one bread, one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Consider Israel after the flesh; are not those who eat the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What then do I say? that an idol sacrifice is any thing, or that an idol is any thing? 20 But what the gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not wish you to be partakers with demons. 21 You cannot drink the Lord's cup and the cup of demons; you cannot partake at the Lord's table and the table of demons. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to anger? Are we stronger than he?
23 All things are lawful, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful, but all things do not edify. 24 Let no one seek his own but the good of another.
25 Whatever is sold in the market eat, asking no questions for conscience' sake; 26 for the earth is the Lord's and all it contains. 27 But if an unbeliever invites you and you wish to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no questions for conscience' sake. 28 But if any one says to you, This has been offered to an idol, eat not for his sake that informed you, and for conscience' sake. 29 I mean not your conscience, but that of the other. For why is my freedom limited by the conscience of another? 30 If I partake with thanks, why am I blamed for that for which I give thanks?