10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant,
that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed
through the sea;
10:2 And were all baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
10:3 And all ate the same spiritual food;
10:4 And all drank the same spiritual drink: (for they drank of
that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was
10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they
were overthrown in the wilderness.
10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should
not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
10:7 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
10:8 Neither let us commit lewdness, as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted,
and were destroyed by serpents.
10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were
destroyed by the destroyer.
10:11 Now all these things happened to them for examples: and
they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the
world are come.
10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed
lest he fall.
10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common
to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be
tempted above what ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].
10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the
communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is
it not the communion of the body of Christ?
10:17 For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we
are all partakers of that one bread.
10:18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they who eat of the
sacrifices, partakers of the altar?
10:19 What then do I say? that the idol is any thing, or that
which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
10:20 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 fellowship with demons.
10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of
demons: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the
table of demons.
10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than
10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not
expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify
10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's [wealth].
10:25 Whatever is sold in the provision market, [that] eat,
asking no question for conscience' sake:
10:26 For the earth [is] the Lord's, and its fullness.
10:27 If any of them that believe not invites you [to a feast],
and ye are disposed to go; whatever is set before you, eat,
asking no question on account of conscience.
10:28 But if any man shall say to you, This is offered in
sacrifice to idols, eat not for his sake that showed it, and
for conscience' sake: for the earth [is] the Lord's, and its
10:29 Conscience, I say, not thy own, but of the other: for why
is my liberty judged by another [man's] conscience?
10:30 For if I by grace am a partaker, why am I evil spoken of
for that for which I give thanks?
10:31 Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatever ye do, do
all to the glory of God.
10:32 Give no offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles,
nor to the church of God:
10:33 Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking my
own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.