1 Corinthians 10:19
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New International Version
Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?

New Living Translation
What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods?

English Standard Version
What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Berean Study Bible
Am I suggesting, then, that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Berean Literal Bible
Then what do I mean? That what is sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?

New American Standard Bible
What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

King James Bible
What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

International Standard Version
Am I suggesting that an offering made to idols means anything, or that an idol itself means anything?

NET Bible
Am I saying that idols or food sacrificed to them amount to anything?

New Heart English Bible
What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What therefore do I say? Is an idol anything, or is the sacrifice of an idol anything? No!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do I mean that an offering made to a false god is anything, or that a false god itself is anything?

New American Standard 1977
What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What do I say then? that the idol is anything or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything?

King James 2000 Bible
What do I say then? that the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything?

American King James Version
What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

American Standard Version
What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What then ? Do I say, that what is offered in sacrifice to idols, is any thing ? Or, that the idol is any thing ?

Darby Bible Translation
What then do I say? that what is sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?

English Revised Version
What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Webster's Bible Translation
What then do I say? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

Weymouth New Testament
Do I mean that a thing sacrificed to an idol is what it claims to be, or that an idol is a real thing?

World English Bible
What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Young's Literal Translation
what then do I say? that an idol is anything? or that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything? --
Study Bible
Flee from Idolatry
18Consider the people of Israel: Are not those who eat the sacrifices fellow partakers in the altar? 19Am I suggesting, then, that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to be participants with demons.…
Cross References
Acts 19:26
And as you see and hear, not only in Ephesus, but in nearly the whole province of Asia, Paul has persuaded a great number of people to turn away. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.

1 Corinthians 8:4
So about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world, and that there is no God but one.

1 Corinthians 10:14
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Treasury of Scripture

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(19) What say I then?--It might have been argued from the preceding verse that the Apostle admitted the heathen offerings and the idols to which they were offered to be as real as were the offerings and Being to whom the altar was erected by Israel, whereas in 1Corinthians 8:4 he had asserted the contrary.

Verse 19. - What say I then? What is it, then, which I am maintaining (φημι)? That the idol is anything. St. Paul repudiates an inference which he had already denied (1 Corinthians 8:4). Is anything. Has any intrinsic value, meaning, or importance. In itself, the idol offering is a mere dead, indifferent thing. Of itself, the idol is an eidolon - a shadowy, unreal thing, one of the elilim; but in another aspect it was "really something," and so alone could the rabbis account for phenomena which seemed to imply the reality of infernal miracles ('Avoda Zarah,' fol. 54, 2; 55, 1; and see note in 'Life of St. Paul,' 2:74). What say I then?.... Or may be objected to, or inferred from, what I say;

that an idol is anything, or that which is sacrificed to idols is anything? to which must be answered, as the Syriac version reads, "no", by no means; by running the parallel between Christians having communion with the body and blood of Christ, in the Lord's supper, through eating the bread and drinking the wine, the Israelites partaking of the altar, by eating of the sacrifices of it, and men's joining with idols and idolaters, by eating things sacrificed to idols; it follows not that an idol has anything of deity in it, and is to be set upon a level with God, when, as he had said before, an idol was nothing, and what he now said did not at all contradict that; or that things offered to idols are to be had in the same account, or to be equalled to, or be thought to have any thing in them, as the elements of the bread and wine in the Lord's supper, or the sacrifices that were offered by the Israelites on the altar, according to the divine command; he meant no such thing, but only argued from the greater to the lesser, and his sense is more fully declared in the next words. 19, 20. What say I then?—The inference might be drawn from the analogies of the Lord's Supper and Jewish sacrifices, that an idol is really what the heathen thought it to be, a god, and that in eating idol-meats they had fellowship with the god. This verse guards against such an inference: "What would I say then? that a thing sacrificed to an idol is any real thing (in the sense that the heathen regard it), or that an idol is any real thing?" (The oldest manuscripts read the words in this order. Supply "Nay") "But [I say] that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils (demons)." Paul here introduces a new fact. It is true that, as I said, an idol has no reality in the sense that the heathen regard it, but it has a reality in another sense; heathendom being under Satan's dominion as "prince of this world," he and his demons are in fact the powers worshipped by the heathen, whether they are or are not conscious of it (De 32:17; Le 17:7; 2Ch 11:15; Ps 106:37; Re 9:20). "Devil" is in the Greek restricted to Satan; "demons" is the term applied to his subordinate evil spirits. Fear, rather than love, is the motive of heathen worship (compare the English word "panic," from Pan, whose human form with horns and cloven hoofs gave rise to the vulgar representations of Satan which prevail now); just as fear is the spirit of Satan and his demons (Jas 2:19).10:15-22 Did not the joining in the Lord's supper show a profession of faith in Christ crucified, and of adoring gratitude to him for his salvation ? Christians, by this ordinance, and the faith therein professed, were united as the grains of wheat in one loaf of bread, or as the members in the human body, seeing they were all united to Christ, and had fellowship with him and one another. This is confirmed from the Jewish worship and customs in sacrifice. The apostle applies this to feasting with idolaters. Eating food as part of a heathen sacrifice, was worshipping the idol to whom it was made, and having fellowship or communion with it; just as he who eats the Lord's supper, is accounted to partake in the Christian sacrifice, or as they who ate the Jewish sacrifices partook of what was offered on their altar. It was denying Christianity; for communion with Christ, and communion with devils, could never be had at once. If Christians venture into places, and join in sacrifices to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, they will provoke God.
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