1 Corinthians 10
The Jews who came out of Egypt had all sacraments typical of ours, yet many of them perished through sin. Their examples should serve, as they were intended, for our admonition. God will not suffer his servants to be tempted beyond their strength. Christians must flee idolatry, and not by partaking of idol sacrifices own fellowship with devils. Even in the use of things lawful we should consult the good of others, and refer all we do to God's glory, careful to give none offence, after the apostle's own example.
1 MOREOVER, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, ahow that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all bbaptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
- b: Ex. 14:31
3 And cdid all eat the same spiritual meat;
4 And ddid all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that 1followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5 But ewith many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were 2our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as fthey also lusted.
7 gNeither 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 hNeither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 iNeither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 jNeither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for 3ensamples: and kthey are written for our admonition, upon whom lthe ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore mlet him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath no ntemptation taken you but such as is 4common to man: but oGod is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation palso make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, qflee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to rwise men; judge ye what I say.
16 sThe 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?
17 For twe being many are one bread, and uone body: for we are all partakers of that vone bread.
18 Behold Israel wafter the flesh: xare not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
19 What say I then? ythat the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
20 But I say, that zthe things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 aYe cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
22 bDo we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
23 cAll things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
24 dLet no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
25 eWhatsoever is sold in the *shambles, that eat, asking no question for fconscience sake:
26 For gthe earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
27 If any of them hthat believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; iwhatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, jeat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for kthe earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
29 lConscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is mmy liberty judged of another man's conscience?
30 nFor if I by 5grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31 oWhether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 pGive none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the 6Gentiles, nor to qthe church of God: