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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS - Chapter 10 - Verse 30

Verse 30. For if I by grace be a partaker. Or rather, "If I partake by grace—if, by the grace and mercy of God, I have a right to partake of this—yet why should I so conduct as to expose myself to the reproaches and evil surmises of others? Why should I lay myself open to be blamed on the subject of eating, when there are so many bounties of Providence for which I may be thankful, and which I may partake of without doing injury, or exposing myself in any manner to be blamed?"

Why am I evil spoken of. Why should I pursue such a course as to expose myself to blame or censure?

For that for which I give thanks. For my food. The phrase, "for which I give thanks," seems to be a periphrasis for food, or for that of which he partook to nourish life. It is implied that he always gave thanks for his food; and that this was with him such a universal custom, that the phrase, "for which I give thanks," might be used as convenient and appropriate phraseology to denote his ordinary food. The idea in the verse, then, is this: "By the favour of God, I have a right to partake of this food. But if I did, I should be evil spoken of, mid do injury, And it is unnecessary. God has made ample provision elsewhere for my support, for which I may be thank. I will not therefore expose myself to calumny and reproach, or be the occasion of.injury to others by partaking of the food offered in sacrifice to idols."

{1} "grace" "thanksgiving" {a} "give thanks" Ro 14:6

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