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Chapter 8

1Now concerning those things that are sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up; but charity edifieth. 2And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he hath not yet known as he ought to know. 3But if any any love God, the same is known by him. 4But as for the meats that are sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one. 5For although there be that are called gods, either in heaven or on earth (for there be gods many, and lords many); 6Yet to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7But there is not knowledge in every one. For some until this present, with conscience of the idol: eat as a thing sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8But meat doth not commend us to God. For neither, if we eat, shall we have the more; nor, if we eat not, shall we have the less. 9But take heed lest perhaps this your liberty become a stumblingblock to the weak. 10For if a man see him that hath knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not his conscience, being weak, be emboldened to eat those things which are sacrificed to idols ? 11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ hath died ? 12Now when you sin thus against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13Wherefore, if meat scandalize my brother, I will never eat flesh, lest I should scandalize my brother.

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