1 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by him.
4 Therefore concerning the eating of food sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.
5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many »gods« and many »lords«),
6 yet for us there is but 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.
7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, being accustomed to idols, eat food as really sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
8 But food will not commend us to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 For if a man sees you, who have knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be encouraged to eat food sacrificed to idols?
11 And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.
12 Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to fall, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to fall.