1 But concerning things offered to idols: we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but divine love builds up. 2 If any one seems to know anything, yet he knows not as it behooves him to know; 3 but if any one loves God he is known of him.
4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God except one. 5 For if indeed there are those who are called gods, whether in heaven or upon the earth; as there are gods many, and lords many;
6 but there is to us one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we in him.
7 But there is not knowledge in all people: but some, with the conscience of the idol even until now, eat as if it was sacrificed to the idol; and their conscience being weak is polluted. 8 But meat will not commend us to God; neither if we eat are we the better; nor if we eat not are we the worse. 9 See lest this liberty of yours may become a stumblingblock to the weak. 10 For if any one may see you having knowledge sitting at the table in the idol temple, will not the conscience of him, being weak, be encouraged to eat things sacrificed to the idols? 11 For the weak one is destroyed by your knowledge, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 And you, sinning so against the brethren, and wounding their weak conscience, are sinning against Christ. 13 If indeed meat causes my brother to stumble, I never eat any more meat, in order that I may not lay a stumblingblock in the way of my brother.