The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
1 – For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea.
2 – And all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud, and in the sea:
3 – And did all eat the same spiritual food,
4 – And all drank the same spiritual drink; (and they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.)
5 – But with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the desert.
6 – Now these things were done in a figure of us, that we should not covet evil things as they also coveted.
7 – Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them, as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 – Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 – Neither let us tempt Christ: as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents.
10 – Neither do you murmur: as some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
11 – Now all these things happened to them in figure: and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 – Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall.
13 – Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.
14 – Wherefore, my dearly beloved, fly from the service of idols.
15 – I speak as to wise men: judge ye yourselves what I say.
16 – The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ ? And the bread, which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord ?
17 – For we, being many, are one bread, one body, all that partake of one bread.
18 – Behold Israel according to the flesh: are not they, that eat of the sacrifices, partakers of the altar ?
19 – What then ? Do I say, that what is offered in sacrifice to idols, is any thing ? Or, that the idol is any thing ?
20 – But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.
21 – You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils.
22 – Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy ? Are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient.
23 – All things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify.
24 – Let no man seek his own, but that which is another’s.
25 – Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat; asking no question for conscience’ sake.
26 – The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
27 – If any of them that believe not, invite you, and you will be willing to go; eat of any thing that is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake.
28 – But if any man say: This has been sacrificed to idols, do not eat of it for his sake that told it, and for conscience’ sake.
29 – Conscience, I say, not thy own, but the other’s. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience ?
30 – If I partake with thanksgiving, why am I evil spoken of, for that for which I give thanks ?
31 – Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever else you do, do all to the glory of God.
32 – Be without offence to the Jews, and to the Gentiles, and to the church of God:
33 – As I also in all things please all men, not seeking that which is profitable to myself, but to many, that may be saved.
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