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1 Corinthians 8 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.

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Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.

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But whoever loves God is known by God.[fn]

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yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

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Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
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An early manuscript and another ancient witness think they have knowledge do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves truly knows.
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