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1 Corinthians 8

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Bible part  New Testament
Category  Pauline epistles
Order in the Bible part  7
1 Corinthians 8

Book  First Epistle to the Corinthians

1 Corinthians 8 is the eighth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle and Sosthenes in Ephesus.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Papyrus 15 (3rd century; extant: verses 1-4).
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • This chapter is divided into 13 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped:

  • 1 Corinthians 8:1-8 = Things Offered to Idols
  • 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 = Be Sensitive to Conscience
  • Verse 9

    New King James Version

    But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
  • But beware lest somehow (KJV: But take heed lest by any means)
  • This is either a reply to the instance of such as argued in favour of eating things offered to idols; or a limitation and explanation of the apostle's own concession, that it made a man, with respect to the favour of God, neither better nor worse: yet care should be taken, lest

  • this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak;
  • he owns they had a liberty, or a right, or power, as the word may be rendered, of eating, or not eating, as they pleased; but then they ought to be cautious, lest they should be the means of offending, or causing to offend, such who were weak in the faith, and had not that knowledge of Christian liberty they had: not the use of their power and liberty is here denied, but the abuse of it is guarded against; for though the action itself was indifferent, yet as it might be used, it might be sinful, being attended with very bad consequences, such as hereafter mentioned.


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