1 Now as to things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge about them. Knowledge however puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 2 And if any one be conceited of his knowledge, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man love God, he is owned by Him.
4 As to the eating therefore of things sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5 For though there be some that are called Gods, whether in heaven or on earth, (as there are among the heathen gods many,
6 and lords many,) yet to us there is but one God the Father, from whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.
7 But there is not in all men this knowledge: and some with a consciousness of the idol unto this day, eat it as a thing sacrificed to an idol, and so their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But meat does not recommend us to God; for neither, if we eat, are we the better; nor the worse, if we eat not. 9 But see that this liberty of yours be not by any means a stumbling-block to the weak. 10 For if any one see thee, who hast knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him that is weak be encouraged to eat of the things sacrificed to idols? 11 and so the weak brother, for whom Christ died, shall perish by thy knowledge? 12 But in thus sinning against your brethren, and wounding their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ: 13 wherefore if meat make my brother to offend, I will never eat flesh while I breathe, least I make my brother to offend.