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25 But as for the Gentiles who have believed, (A)we have sent a letter with our judgement that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled,[a] and from sexual immorality.”

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  1. Acts 21:25 Some manuscripts omit and from what has been strangled

25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”(A)

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Food Offered to Idols

Now concerning[a] (A)food offered to idols: we know that (B)“all of us possess knowledge”. This “knowledge” (C)puffs up, (D)but love builds up.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 8:1 The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians' letter; see 7:1

Concerning Food Sacrificed to Idols

Now about food sacrificed to idols:(A) We know that “We all possess knowledge.”(B) But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.

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Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that (A)“an idol has no real existence”, and that (B)“there is no God but one.”

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So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols:(A) We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world”(B) and that “There is no God but one.”(C)

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However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, (A)through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and (B)their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

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But not everyone possesses this knowledge.(A) Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak,(B) it is defiled.

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10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating[a] in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged,[b] if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 8:10 Greek reclining at table
  2. 1 Corinthians 8:10 Or fortified; Greek built up

10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?(A)

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19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that (A)an idol is anything?

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19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?(A)

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14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of (A)Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might (B)eat food sacrificed to idols and (C)practise sexual immorality.

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14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you:(A) There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,(B) who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols(C) and committed sexual immorality.(D)

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20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman (A)Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants[a] (B)to practise sexual immorality and (C)to eat food sacrificed to idols.

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  1. Revelation 2:20 Greek bondservants

20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel,(A) who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.(B)

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