1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1 Now I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the fact that all of our ancestors who left Egypt were under the cloud. They all went through the sea,
1 For I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, that our forefathers were all under and protected by the cloud [in which God's Presence went before them], and every one of them passed safely through the [Red] Sea,
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
2 and they all were immersed into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
2 And each one of them [allowed himself also] to be baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea [they were thus brought under obligation to the Law, to Moses, and to the covenant, consecrated and set apart to the service of God];
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
4 and drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from the spiritual rock that went with them. That rock was the Messiah.
4 And they all drank the same spiritual (supernaturally given) drink. For they drank from a spiritual Rock which followed them [produced by the sole power of God Himself without natural instrumentality], and the Rock was Christ.
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
5 But God wasn't pleased with most of those people, and so they were struck down in the wilderness.
5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with the great majority of them, for they were overthrown and strewn down along [the ground] in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
6 Now their experiences serve as examples for us so that we won't set our hearts on evil as they did.
6 Now these things are examples (warnings and admonitions) for us not to desire or crave or covet or lust after evil and carnal things as they did.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
7 Let's stop being idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to play."
7 Do not be worshipers of false gods as some of them were, as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink [the sacrifices offered to the golden calf at Horeb] and rose to sport (to dance and give way to jesting and hilarity).
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
8 Let's stop sinning sexually, as some of them were doing, and on a single day 23,000 fell dead.
8 We must not gratify evil desire and indulge in immorality as some of them did -- "and twenty-three thousand [suddenly] fell dead in a single day!
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
9 Let's stop putting the Lord to the test, as some of them were doing, and were destroyed by snakes.
9 We should not tempt the Lord [try His patience, become a trial to Him, critically appraise Him, and exploit His goodness] as some of them did -- "and were killed by poisonous serpents;
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
10 You must stop complaining, as some of them were doing, and were annihilated by the destroyer.
10 Nor discontentedly complain as some of them did -- "and were put out of the way entirely by the destroyer (death).
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down as a warning for us in whom the culmination of the ages has been attained.
11 Now these things befell them by way of a figure [as an example and warning to us]; they were written to admonish and fit us for right action by good instruction, we in whose days the ages have reached their climax (their consummation and concluding period).
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
12 Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing securely should watch out so he doesn't fall.
12 Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin].
13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and (W)God is faithful, who will not allow you to be (X)tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful,(X) and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape(Y) so that you are able to bear it.
13 No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.
13 For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
14 And so, my dear friends, keep on running away from idolatry.
14 Therefore, my dearly beloved, shun (keep clear away from, avoid by flight if need be) any sort of idolatry (of loving or venerating anything more than God).
15 I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
15 I am speaking as to wise people. Judge for yourselves what I say.
15 I am talking to sensible people. Apply what I am saying to yourselves.
15 I am speaking as to intelligent (sensible) men. Think over and make up your minds [for yourselves] about what I say. [I appeal to your reason and your discernment in these matters.]
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
16 The cup of blessing that we bless is our fellowship in the blood of the Messiah, isn't it? The bread that we break is our fellowship in the body of the Messiah, isn't it?
16 The cup of blessing [of wine at the Lord's Supper] upon which we ask [God's] blessing, does it not mean [that in drinking it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the blood of Christ (the Messiah)? The bread which we break, does it not mean [that in eating it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
17 Because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body, because all of us eat from the same loaf.
17 For we [no matter how] numerous we are, are one body, because we all partake of the one Bread [the One Whom the communion bread represents].
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
18 Look at the Israelis from a human point of view. Those who eat the sacrifices share in what is on the altar, don't they?
18 Consider those [physically] people of Israel. Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners of the altar [united in their worship of the same God]?
19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
19 What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
19 Am I suggesting that an offering made to idols means anything, or that an idol itself means anything?
19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is [intrinsically changed by the fact and amounts to] anything or that an idol itself is a [living] thing?
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
20 Hardly! What they offer, they offer to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to become partners with demons.
20 No, I am suggesting that what the pagans sacrifice they offer [in effect] to demons (to evil spiritual powers) and not to God [at all]. I do not want you to fellowship and be partners with diabolical spirits [by eating at their feasts].
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.
21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot dine with the Lord and dine with demons,
21 You cannot drink the Lord's cup and the demons' cup. You cannot partake of the Lord's table and the demons' table.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
22 or you'll provoke the Lord to jealousy, won't you? Are we stronger than he is?
22 Shall we thus provoke the Lord to jealousy and anger and indignation? Are we stronger than He [that we should defy Him]?
23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
23 Everything is permissible, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permissible, but not everything builds up.
23 All things are legitimate [permissible -- "and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].
24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
24 No one should seek his own welfare, but rather his neighbor's.
24 Let no one then seek his own good and advantage and profit, but [rather] each one of the other [let him seek the welfare of his neighbor].
25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
25 Eat everything that is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake,
25 Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without raising any question about it on the grounds of conscience,
25 [As to meat offered to idols] eat anything that is sold in the meat market without raising any question or investigating on the grounds of conscientious scruples,
26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
26 for "the earth and everything in it belong to the Lord."
26 For the [whole] earth is the Lord's and everything that is in it.
27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
27 If one of the unbelievers invites you over and you want to go, eat everything that is set before you, without raising questions of conscience.
27 If an unbeliever invites you to his house and you wish to go, eat whatever is set before you, raising no question on the grounds of conscience.
27 In case one of the unbelievers invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is served to you without examining into its source because of conscientious scruples.
28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
28 However, if someone says to you, "This was offered as a sacrifice," don't eat it, both out of consideration for the one who told you and also for the sake of conscience.
28 But if someone tells you, This has been offered in sacrifice to an idol, do not eat it, out of consideration for the person who informed you, and for conscience's sake -- "
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
29 I mean, of course, his conscience, not yours. For why should my freedom be determined by someone else's conscience?
29 I mean for the sake of his conscience, not yours, [do not eat it]. For why should another man's scruples apply to me and my liberty of action be determined by his conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
30 If I eat with thankfulness, why should I be denounced because of what I am thankful for?
30 If I partake [of my food] with thankfulness, why am I accused and spoken evil of because of that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
31 So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.
32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
32 Don't become a stumbling block to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God,
32 Do not let yourselves be [hindrances by giving] an offense to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God [ do not lead others into sin by your mode of life];
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
33 just as I myself try to please everybody in every way. I don't look out for my own benefit, but rather for the benefit of many people, so that they might be saved.
33 Just as I myself strive to please [to accommodate myself to the opinions, desires, and interests of others, adapting myself to] all men in everything I do, not aiming at or considering my own profit and advantage, but that of the many in order that they may be saved.
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