1 Corinthians 10:12
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New International Version
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!

New Living Translation
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.

English Standard Version
Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

King James Bible
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall.

International Standard Version
Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing securely should watch out so he doesn't fall.

NET Bible
So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From now on, whoever thinks that he stands, let him beware lest he fall.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So, people who think they are standing firmly should be careful that they don't fall.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

American King James Version
Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

American Standard Version
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall.

Darby Bible Translation
So that let him that thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

English Revised Version
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.

Weymouth New Testament
So then let him who thinks he is standing securely beware of falling.

World English Bible
Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn't fall.

Young's Literal Translation
so that he who is thinking to stand -- let him observe, lest he fall.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:6-14 Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be checked in their first rise. Let us fear the sins of Israel, if we would shun their plagues. And it is but just to fear, that such as tempt Christ, will be left by him in the power of the old serpent. Murmuring against God's disposals and commands, greatly provokes him. Nothing in Scripture is written in vain; and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen, and so may we. The Christian's security against sin is distrust of himself. God has not promised to keep us from falling, if we do not look to ourselves. To this word of caution, a word of comfort is added. Others have the like burdens, and the like temptations: what they bear up under, and break through, we may also. God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God. We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Take heed lest he fall. The Corinthians, thinking that they stood, asserting that they all had knowledge, proud of the insight which led them to declare that "an idol is nothing in the world," were not only liable to underrate the amount of forbearance due to weaker consciences, but were also in personal danger of falling away. To them, as to the Romans, St. Paul means to say, "Be not highminded, but fear" (Romans 11:20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth,.... Since the Jewish fathers, who enjoyed such peculiar favours and eminent privileges, had such various judgments inflicted on them; since they stood not, but many of them were visible instances of God's displeasure; they were overthrown and cast down, their carcasses fell in the wilderness, and entered not into the land of rest; therefore all such persons who think themselves safe and sure, trusting to themselves, or depending upon the knowledge and gifts they have, the favours and privileges they enjoy; everyone of these should

take heed lest he fall. This advice was exceeding proper, whether it be considered as spoken to true believers, or formal professors; for true believers may fall into temptation, into sin, from a degree of steadfastness in the Gospel, and from a lively and comfortable exercise of grace; but not finally, totally, and irrecoverably; since they are enclosed in the arms of everlasting love, secured in the hands of Christ, built on a foundation that will never fail, and are kept by an almighty power which can never be overcome; but yet, since they may fall to the dishonour of God, the reproach of the Gospel of Christ, the grieving of the Spirit of God, the wounding of their own souls, the stumbling of weak believers, and the strengthening of the hands of the wicked; such an exhortation is not superfluous, even to such; and many and strong are the reasons and arguments why they should take heed lest they fall; nor are admonitions needless to that which God's decree and promise secure: since these are often the means in and by which God executes his decree, and makes good his promise; see Acts 27:22. Moreover, if this exhortation be considered as given to formal professors, it is very pertinent; for such as these may fall, as they often do, from that which they seemed to have, from the truths of the Gospel, and a profession of them, and into scandalous sins, and at last into condemnation; and the rather since the apostasy of such persons is injurious to the honour and interest of true religion; hereby the ways of God are evil spoken of, the name of Christ blasphemed, profane sinners hardened, and weak believers stumbled, as by the falls of real Christians: besides, it must be worse for themselves, who hereby bring upon themselves a severe punishment; see 2 Peter 2:21 and indeed these seem to be the persons the apostle chiefly respects; not such who truly: thought they stood, and did really stand; for such stand in the true grace and love of God, in Christ, in whom they are chosen, and by whom they are redeemed and saved, and by that faith which he is the author and finisher of; and so shall never finally and totally fall away; but such "that thinketh", , "who seemeth", to himself and others, "that he standeth"; and manifestly designs such who were swelled with a vain opinion of themselves, their gifts and knowledge; who tempted God, and "trusted" to themselves, as the Ethiopic version reads it, and despised weak believers; but lest real believers should be hereby discouraged, the apostle adds,

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. thinketh he standeth—stands and thinks that he stands [Bengel]; that is, stands "by faith … well pleasing" to God; in contrast to 1Co 10:5, "with many of them God was not well pleased" (Ro 11:20).

fall—from his place in the Church of God (compare 1Co 10:8, "fell"). Both temporally and spiritually (Ro 14:4). Our security, so far as relates to God, consists in faith; so far as relates to ourselves, it consists in fear.

1 Corinthians 10:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warnings from Israel's Past
11Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 13No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
Cross References
Luke 8:18
Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them."

Romans 11:20
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble.

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

2 Peter 3:17
Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.
Treasury of Scripture

Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

1 Corinthians 4:6-8 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself …

1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet …

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart …

Matthew 26:33,34,40,41 Peter answered and said to him, Though all men shall be offended …

Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

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