1 Corinthians 10:25
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New International Version
Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,

New Living Translation
So you may eat any meat that is sold in the marketplace without raising questions of conscience.

English Standard Version
Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.

Berean Study Bible
Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,

Berean Literal Bible
Eat everything being sold in the meat market, inquiring nothing on account of conscience,

New American Standard Bible
Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience' sake;

King James Bible
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Eat everything that is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience sake,

International Standard Version
Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without raising any question about it on the grounds of conscience,

NET Bible
Eat anything that is sold in the marketplace without questions of conscience,

New Heart English Bible
Whatever is sold in the butcher shop, eat, asking no question for the sake of conscience,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Everything that is sold in the butcher's shop you may eat without inquiry because of conscience.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Eat anything that is sold in the market without letting your conscience trouble you.

New American Standard 1977
Eat anything that is sold in the meat market, without asking questions for conscience’ sake;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whatever is sold in the market, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake;

King James 2000 Bible
Whatsoever is sold in the meat market, that eat, asking no question for conscience's sake:

American King James Version
Whatever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

American Standard Version
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience'sake,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat; asking no question for conscience' sake.

Darby Bible Translation
Everything sold in the shambles eat, making no inquiry for conscience sake.

English Revised Version
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience sake;

Webster's Bible Translation
Whatever is sold in the provision market, that eat, asking no question for conscience' sake:

Weymouth New Testament
Anything that is for sale in the meat market, eat, and ask no questions for conscience' sake;

World English Bible
Whatever is sold in the butcher shop, eat, asking no question for the sake of conscience,

Young's Literal Translation
Whatever in the meat-market is sold eat ye, not inquiring, because of the conscience,
Study Bible
All to God's Glory
24No one should seek his own good, but the good of others. 25Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”…
Cross References
Acts 10:15
The voice spoke to him a second time: "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."

1 Corinthians 8:7
But not everyone has this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that they eat such food as if it were sacrificed to an idol. And since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.
Treasury of Scripture

Whatever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

sold.

Romans 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing …

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if …

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

for.

1 Corinthians 10:27-29 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and you be disposed …

1 Corinthians 8:7 However, there is not in every man that knowledge…

Romans 13:5 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

(25) Whatsoever is sold in the shambles.--Here is the practical application of the principle laid down. When a Christian sees meat exposed for sale in the public market let him buy it and eat it; he need not ask any question to satisfy his conscience on the subject. Some of the meat which had been used for sacrificial purposes was afterwards sold in the markets. The weaker Christians feared lest if they unconsciously bought and ate some of that meat they would become thereby defiled. The Apostle's view is that when once sent into the public market it becomes simply meat, and its previous use gives it no significance. You buy it as meat, and not as part of a sacrifice. Thus the advice here is not at variance with the previous argument in 1Corinthians 10:20-21. The act which is there condemned as a "partaking of the table of devils" is the eating of sacrificial meat at one of the feasts given in the court of the heathen temple, when the meat was avowedly and significantly a portion of the sacrifice. The words "for conscience sake" have been variously interpreted as meaning, (1) Enter into no inquiry, so that your conscience may not be troubled, as it would be if you learned that the meat had been used for sacrifice; or, (2) Ask no question, lest some weak person's conscience be defiled if they hear that it is sacrificial meat and yet see you eat it. This latter interpretation must be rejected, as the Apostle clearly points out in 1Corinthians 10:28 that he has been here speaking of the person's own conscience, and only there proceeds to speak of a brother's conscience.

Verse 25. - Whatsoever is sold. By this practical rule of common sense he protects the weak Christian from being daily worried by over scrupulosity. If a Christian merely bought his meat in the open market, no one could suspect him of meaning thereby to connive at or show favour to idolatry. It would, therefore, be needless for him to entertain fantastic scruples about a matter purely indifferent. The fact of its forming part of an idol offering made no intrinsic difference in the food. Shambles; rather food market. Asking no question for conscience sake. Do not trouble your conscience by scruples arising from needless investigation (ἀνακρίνων) about the food. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles,.... the word rendered "shambles", here used, is a Latin word, and is made use of by Latin writers in the same sense as here, for a place where food was sold (i). The original of the name is said (k) to be this; one Macellus, a very wicked and profane man, being for his robberies and filthy life condemned to die, a place was built in his house by Aemylius and Fulvius, censors, for selling of provisions, and which from his name was called "Macellum". The Syriac version retains the word here, and so do the Talmudists, and Rabbins (l) frequently; who say (m),

"Nylwqm, the "shambles", and the butchers of Israel, though flesh of them is found in the hand of a stranger, it is free:''

into these places the priests sent to be sold what was offered to their idols, which they could not dispense with themselves, or thought not lawful to make use of; for the Egyptians, as Herodotus says (n), used to cut off the heads of their beasts that were sacrificed, and carry them into the market and sell them to the Greeks, and if there were no buyers they cast them into the river. Now the apostle allows, that such meat that was sold in the shambles might be bought and eat of, but not in an idol's temple; there was a difference between an idol's temple, and eating things sacrificed to idols there, and buying them in shambles or meat market, and eating them at home:

that eat; buy, carry home, dress and eat, in your own houses:

asking no question; whether it was sacrificed to idols, or not:

for conscience sake; either a man's own, which may be hurt, wounded, and defiled, by eating contrary to it, should he know that what he eats had been offered to an idol; whereas if he asks no questions, and knows nothing of the matter, his conscience will not be afflicted: or else another man's that may stand by whilst the meat is bought, and sold; and who hearing questions asked and answered, and yet observes the meat, though sacrificed to idols, dressed and ate by the buyer, his conscience being weak, may be offended and grieved.

(i) Vid. Suet. Vita Jul. Caesar, c. 43. & Tiber. Nero, c. 34. (k) Alex. ab Alex Genial Diet. l. 3. c. 23. (l) T. Hieros. Chagiga, fol. 76. 2. T. Bab. Menachot, fol. 29. 2. Bereshit Rabba, fol. 75. 3.((m) T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 95. 1.((n) L. 2. c. 39. 25. shambles—butchers' stalls; the flesh market.

asking no question—whether it has been offered to an idol or not.

for conscience' sake—If on asking you should hear it had been offered to idols, a scruple would arise in your conscience which was needless, and never would have arisen had you asked no questions.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.
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