[1] FOR I would not, brethren, have you ignorant, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;[2] and were all baptized unto〖Gr. into.〗 Moses in the cloud and in the sea;[3] and did all eat the same spiritual food;[4] and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ.〖Or, the Christ. Comp. Heb. 11. 26.〗[5] Howbeit with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.[6] Now these〖Or, in these things they became figures of us.〗 things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.[7] Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.[8] Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.[9] Neither let us make trial of the Lord,〖Some ancient authorities read Christ.〗 as some of them made trial, and perished by the serpents.[10] Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer.[11] Now these things happened unto them by〖Gr. by way of figure.〗 way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.[12] Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.[13] There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.

[14] Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.[15] I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.[16] The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion〖Or, participation in.〗 of the blood of Christ? The bread〖Or, loaf.〗 which we break, is it not a communion〖Or, participation in.〗 of the body of Christ?[17] seeing〖Or, seeing that there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body.〗 that we, who are many, are one bread,〖Or, loaf.〗 one body: for we all partake of〖Gr. from.〗 the one bread.〖Or, loaf.〗[18] Behold Israel after the flesh: have not they that eat the sacrifices communion with the altar?[19] What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?[20] But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with demons.[21] Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons: ye cannot partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons.[22] Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

[23] All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify.〖Gr. build up.〗[24] Let no man seek his own, but each his〖Gr. the other's. See Rom. 13. 8.〗 neighbor's good.[25] Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience' sake;[26] for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.[27] If one of them that believe not biddeth you to a feast, and ye are disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience' sake.[28] But if any man say unto you, This hath been offered in sacrifice, eat not, for his sake that showed it, and for conscience' sake:[29] conscience, I say, not thine own, but the other's; for why is my liberty judged by another conscience?[30] If〖Or, If I by grace partake.〗 I partake with thankfulness, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?[31] Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.[32] Give no occasion of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God:[33] even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.

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