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1 Corinthians 10 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Warning Against Idolatry

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:1 - For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers,[fn] that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:2 - and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:3 - and all ate the same spiritual food,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:4 - and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:5 - Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown[fn] in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:6 - Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:7 - Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:8 - We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:9 - We must not put Christ[fn] to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:10 - nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:11 - Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:12 - Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:14 - Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:15 - I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:16 - The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:17 - Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:18 - Consider the people of Israel:[fn] are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:19 - What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:20 - No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:21 - You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:22 - Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

Do All to the Glory of God

(cf. Psa 24:1 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:23 - “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:24 - Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:25 - Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:26 - For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:27 - If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:28 - But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience—
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:29 - I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:30 - If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:31 - So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:32 - Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:33 - just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters
Or were laid low
Some manuscripts the Lord
Greek Consider Israel according to the flesh

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