Always be on the lookout for others, being careful that your actions (even if not sinful in themselves) don’t lead them into sin.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

1 Corinthians 8 (Listen)

Food Offered to Idols

8:1 Now concerning1 food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.2

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating3 in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged,4 if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers5 and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.


[1] 8:1 The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians’ letter; see 7:1

[2] 8:3 Greek him

[3] 8:10 Greek reclining at table

[4] 8:10 Or fortified; Greek built up

[5] 8:12 Or brothers and sisters


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 8

     1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

     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. 5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 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.

     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. 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. 9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 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; 11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye 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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 155:
Sweet the Moments Rich in Blessing — Organ Audio

1. Sweet the moments, rich in blessing, 
Which before the cross we spend, 
Life and health and peace possessing 
From the sinner’s dying Friend. 

2. Here we rest in wonder, viewing 
All our sins on Jesus laid; 
Here we see redemption flowing 
From the sacrifice He made. 

3. Here we find the dawn of heaven 
While upon the cross we gaze, 
See our trespasses forgiven, 
And our songs of triumph raise. 

4. Oh, that, near the cross abiding, 
We may to the Savior cleave, 
Naught with Him our hearts dividing, 
All for Him content to leave! 

5. Lord, in loving contemplation 
Fix our hearts and eyes on Thee 
Till we taste Thy full salvation 
And we unveiled glory see.