But I have a few things against thee because thou hast there those that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols and to commit fornication.
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel (who calls herself a prophetess) to teach and to seduce my slaves to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
who forsaking the right way have erred, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness,
Behold, these caused the sons of Israel through the counsel of Balaam to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor for which there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
that ye abstain from foods offered to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Therefore, behold, I go now unto my people; come and I will indicate unto thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to fornicate with the daughters of Moab,
And they also slew the kings of Midian among the rest of those that were slain: namely, Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, five kings of Midian; they also slew Balaam, the son of Beor, with the sword.
Then Balak, the son of Zippor, king of the Moabites, arose and warred against Israel and sent and called Balaam, the son of Beor, to curse you.
And shall say, Clear away, clear away, level the way, take away the stumblingblocks out of the way of my people.
Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.
Again, When the righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die because thou hast not given him warning; he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at thy hand.
Because they served them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore I have lifted up my hand regarding them, said the Lord GOD, that they shall bear their iniquity.
Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
but that we write unto them that they abstain from pollutions of idols and from fornication and from things strangled and from blood.
As touching 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 that which has been strangled and from fornication.
Why? Because they followed it not by faith but, as it were, by the works (of the law); therefore, they stumbled on the stumblingstone;
And David says, Let their table be turned into a snare and a net and a stumblingblock and a recompense unto them;
Let us, therefore, not judge one another any more, but judge this rather: that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
It is good neither to eat flesh nor to drink wine nor do any thing by which thy brother stumbles or is offended or is sick.
but we preach Christ crucified, , unto the Jews a stumblingblock and unto the Gentiles foolishness;
Foods are for the belly, and the belly for foods; but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
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.
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not those who eat of the sacrifices participants of the altar?
Let marriage be honourable in all and the bed undefiled; but the fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, even to those who stumble at the word, not obeying in that for which they were ordained.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and fornicators and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
But outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and whosoever loves and makes a lie.