1 Now, concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know, (for we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2 However, if any one is confident of knowing anything, he has known nothing, yet, as he ought to know.
3 But, if any one love God, the same is acknowledged by him.)
4 Concerning, then, the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world; and that there is no other God but one.
5 For though, indeed, there are nominal gods, whether in heaven or on earth; (as, indeed, there are many gods, and many lords;)
6 yet, to us, there is but one God, the Father; of whom all things are, and we for him: and one Lord Jesus Christ; by whom all things are, and we by him.
7 However, this knowledge is not in all: for some, till this hour, in the conscience of the idol, eat it, as a thing sacrificed to the idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
8 But meat does not recommend us to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we do not eat, are we the worse.
9 Nevertheless, take heed, lest, perhaps, this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 For if any one see you, who have knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him that is weak, be encouraged to eat things sacrificed to idols?
11 and through this, your knowledge, shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 And, by thus sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother stumble, I will never eat flesh, lest I make my brother stumble.