Now concerning things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
But there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience about the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
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 no other God but one.
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
That you abstain from anything offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if you keep yourselves, you shall do well. Farewell.
Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him who eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him.
And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
For you have trusted in your wickedness: you have said, None sees me. Your wisdom and your knowledge, it has perverted you; and you have said in your heart, I am, and there is none else besides me.
Now therefore why test God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Therefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them, who from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
And concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, except only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication.
For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
But why do you judge your brother? or why do you despise your brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Have you faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows.
That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised.
Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
For if any man sees you who have knowledge eating in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him who is weak be encouraged to eat those things which are offered to idols;
What do I say then? that the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything?
But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that showed it, and for conscience's sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
Brethren, be not children in understanding: but in malice be children, but in understanding be men.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
From whom the whole body being fitly joined together and knit together by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Let no man deceive you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.