1 Corinthians 10:23
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New International Version
"I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but not everything is constructive.

New Living Translation
You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is beneficial.

English Standard Version
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

New American Standard Bible
All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

King James Bible
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Everything is permissible," but not everything is helpful. "Everything is permissible," but not everything builds up.

International Standard Version
Everything is permissible, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permissible, but not everything builds up.

NET Bible
"Everything is lawful," but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is lawful," but not everything builds others up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Everything is legal to me, but not everything is advantageous. Everything is legal to me, but not everything edifies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Someone may say, "I'm allowed to do anything," but not everything is helpful. I'm allowed to do anything, but not everything encourages growth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify.

King James 2000 Bible
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

American King James Version
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

American Standard Version
All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify.

Darby Bible Translation
All things are lawful, but all are not profitable; all things are lawful, but all do not edify.

English Revised Version
All things are lawful; but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful; but all things edify not.

Webster's Bible Translation
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Weymouth New Testament
Everything is allowable, but not everything is profitable. Everything is allowable, but everything does not build others up.

World English Bible
"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are profitable. "All things are lawful for me," but not all things build up.

Young's Literal Translation
All things to me are lawful, but all things are not profitable; all things to me are lawful, but all things do not build up;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:23-33 There were cases wherein Christians might eat what had been offered to idols, without sin. Such as when the flesh was sold in the market as common food, for the priest to whom it had been given. But a Christian must not merely consider what is lawful, but what is expedient, and to edify others. Christianity by no means forbids the common offices of kindness, or allows uncourteous behaviour to any, however they may differ from us in religious sentiments or practices. But this is not to be understood of religious festivals, partaking in idolatrous worship. According to this advice of the apostle, Christians should take care not to use their liberty to the hurt of others, or to their own reproach. In eating and drinking, and in all we do, we should aim at the glory of God, at pleasing and honouring him. This is the great end of all religion, and directs us where express rules are wanting. A holy, peaceable, and benevolent spirit, will disarm the greatest enemies.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - All things are lawful for me (see 1 Corinthians 6:12). The "for me" is not found in א, A, B, C, D. St. Paul repeats the assertion and its limitations, because he has now proved their force. He has shown that Christian liberty must be modified by considerations of expediency and edification in accordance with the feelings of sympathy and charity.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All things are lawful for me,.... All sorts of food are lawful to be eaten, every creature of God is good, there is nothing common or unclean in itself, polluted or polluting; and so things offered to idols may be lawfully eaten, but not as such, or in an idol's temple, or before a weak brother; to do which is contrary to the honour of God, and the edification of the saints: and therefore

all things are not expedient; to be done always, and in all places, and before all persons. The apostle suggests, that though they might be lawful to him, and he might make use of his liberty in eating them; yet they might not be expedient, or of service, but on the contrary hurtful to others; and which therefore ought to be judged a sufficient reason for the omission of them:

all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not; though things of an indifferent nature may be lawfully used, yet they do not always tend to the edification of others, which should be consulted; and when this is the case, they ought to be disused. This is observed in answer to an objection taken from the doctrine of Christian liberty, allowing the free use of all the creatures, and disengaging men from an observance of the distinction of meats and drinks which the apostle grants; and yet argues from his own example, and the edification of the saints, that this is not always to be closely pursued; but believers should forego what they have a right to use, when the peace and welfare of their fellow Christians require it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. All things are lawful for me, &c.—Recurring to the Corinthian plea (1Co 6:12), he repeats his qualification of it. The oldest manuscripts omit both times "for me."

edify not—tend not to build up the spiritual temple, the Church, in faith and love. Paul does not appeal to the apostolic decision (Ac 15:1-29), which seems to have been not so much regarded outside of Palestine, but rather to the broad principle of true Christian freedom, which does not allow us to be governed by external things, as though, because we can use them, we must use them (1Co 6:12). Their use or non-use is to be regulated by regard to edification.

1 Corinthians 10:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do All to the God's Glory
23All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.…
Cross References
Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

1 Corinthians 6:12
"I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but I will not be mastered by anything.
Treasury of Scripture

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

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1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all …

1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling …

Romans 14:15,20 But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. …

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1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

1 Corinthians 14:3-5,12,17,26 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, …

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and …

Romans 15:1,2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before …

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister …

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