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1 Corinthians 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Warnings From Israel’s History

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:1 - For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:2 - They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:3 - They all ate the same spiritual food
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:4 - and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:5 - Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:6 - Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things 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 got up to indulge in revelry.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:8 - We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:9 - We should not test Christ,[fn] as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:10 - And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:11 - These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:12 - So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:13 - No temptation[fn] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[fn] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[fn] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Idol Feasts and the Lord’s Supper

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:14 - Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:15 - I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:16 - Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:17 - Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:18 - Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:19 - Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:20 - No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and 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 too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:22 - Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

The Believer’s Freedom

(cf. Psa 24:1 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:23 - “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:24 - No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:25 - Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:26 - for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:27 - If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:28 - But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:29 - I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:30 - If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:31 - So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:32 - Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:33 - even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
NIV Footnotes
Exodus 32:6
Some manuscripts test the Lord
The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.
The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.
The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.
Psalm 24:1

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