1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
1 Now concerning food offered to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
1 Now about food sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge [concerning this]. Knowledge [alone] makes [people self-righteously] arrogant, but love [that unselfishly seeks the best for others] builds up and encourages others to grow [in wisdom].
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
2 If anyone thinks he really knows something, he has not yet learned it as he ought to know it.
2 If anyone imagines that he knows and understands anything [of divine matters, without love], he has not yet known as he ought to know.
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
3 But anyone who loves God is known by him.
3 But if anyone loves God [with awe-filled reverence, obedience and gratitude], he is known by Him [as His very own and is greatly loved].
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
4 Now concerning eating food offered to idols: We know that no idol is real in this world and that there is only one God.
5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
5 For even if there are "gods" in heaven and on earth (as indeed there are many so-called "gods" and "lords"),
5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords,
6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
6 yet for us there is only one God, the Father, from whom everything came into being and for whom we live. And there is only one Lord, Jesus the Messiah, through whom everything came into being and through whom we live.
7 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 conscience being weak is defiled.
7 However, not everyone has this knowledge. In fact, some have been so used to idolatry up until now that when they eat food offered to an idol, their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
7 But not everyone has this knowledge. Some people are so accustomed to idolatry that when they eat food that has been offered to an idol, their conscience becomes contaminated because it is weak.
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
8 However, food will not bring us closer to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat food that has been offered to an idol, and no better off if we do.
8 Now food will not commend us to God nor bring us close to Him; we are no worse off if we do not eat, nor are we better if we do eat.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
9 But you must see to it that this right of yours does not become a stumbling block for those who are weak.
9 Only be careful that this liberty of yours [this power to choose] does not somehow become a stumbling block [that is, a temptation to sin] to the weak [in conscience].
10 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;
10 For if someone sees you, the one who has this knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, won’t his weak conscience be encouraged to eat food offered to idols?
10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you, who know better, eating in an idol's temple, he will be encouraged to eat what has been offered to idols, won't he?
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
11 In that case, the weak brother for whom the Messiah died is ruined by your knowledge.
11 For through your knowledge (spiritual maturity) this weak man is ruined [that is, he suffers in his spiritual life], the brother for whom Christ died.
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
12 Now when you sin like this against the brothers and wound their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ.
12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak consciences, you are sinning against the Messiah.
12 And when you sin against the brothers and sisters in this way and wound their weak conscience [by confusing them], you sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
13 Therefore, if food that I eat causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, in order to keep my brother from stumbling.
13 Therefore, if [my eating a certain] food causes my brother to stumble (sin), I will not eat [such] meat ever again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.
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