1 Corinthians 10:7
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New International Version
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry."

New Living Translation
or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, "The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry."

English Standard Version
Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”

Berean Study Bible
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written: "The people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to revel in idolatry."

Berean Literal Bible
Neither are you to be idolaters, as some of them, as it has been written: "The people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play."

New American Standard Bible
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, "THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY."

King James Bible
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't become idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to play.

International Standard Version
Let's stop being idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to play."

NET Bible
So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play."

New Heart English Bible
Neither be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should we be Servants of idols, even as also some of them served, according to what is written: “The people sat down to eat and to drink and they arose to play games.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So don't worship false gods as some of them did, as Scripture says, "The people sat down to a feast which turned into an orgy."

New American Standard 1977
And do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

American King James Version
Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

American Standard Version
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them, as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither be ye idolaters, as some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

English Revised Version
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them: as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Weymouth New Testament
And you must not be worshippers of idols, as some of them were. For it is written, "The People sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to dance."

World English Bible
Neither be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."

Young's Literal Translation
Neither become ye idolaters, as certain of them, as it hath been written, 'The people sat down to eat and to drink, and stood up to play;'
Study Bible
Warnings from Israel's Past
6These things took place as examples to keep us from craving evil things as they did. 7Do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written: “The people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to revel in idolatry.” 8We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.…
Cross References
Exodus 32:4
He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, "This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt."

Exodus 32:6
So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Exodus 32:19
It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses' anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain.

Acts 15:20
Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals, and from blood.

1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a verbal abuser, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

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

1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Treasury of Scripture

Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

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Deuteronomy 9:12,16-21 And the LORD said to me, Arise, get you down quickly from hence…

Psalm 106:19,20 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image…

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

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Exodus 32:6-8,17,19 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, …

Verse 7. - As were some of them. As in the case of the golden calf, the worship of Moloch, Remphan, Baal-peor, etc. In the prominent instance of the calf worship, they (like the Corinthians) would have put forth sophistical pleas in their own favour, saying that they were not worshipping idols, but only paying honour to cherubic emblems of Jehovah. To play. The word is, perhaps, used euphemistically for the worst concomitants of a sensual nature worship (Exodus 32:3-6), which resembled the depraved and orgiastic worship of Aphrodite Pandemos at Corinth. Neither be ye idolaters,.... To which they seemed inclined to be, at least there was great danger that such they would be, by carrying their liberty to such a pitch, as to sit in an idol's temple, and there eat things sacrificed unto them; and which the apostle cautions against, and uses arguments to dissuade them from in the following part of this chapter:

as were some of them, as it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play: referring to Exodus 32:6 when the Israelites, whilst Moses was in the mount, made a molten calf, and worshipped it, built an altar before it, and instituted a feast and a play; and which was performed by dancing about the calf, and singing to the honour of it, Exodus 32:18 for their sitting down to eat and drink is not to be understood of an ordinary meal, but of a feast kept in honour of the golden calf, and which they covered by calling it a feast to the Lord; and their playing also was on the same account, in imitation of the Heathens, who made feasts, and appointed plays to the honour of their deities: some indeed interpret (t) this last action of uncleanness, which they committed after their feast was over, and which also was sometimes done in the Heathen temples, the word being sometimes used in this sense; see Genesis 39:14 but others understand it of the act of idolatry; so two of the Chaldee paraphrases interpret the words in Exodus (u); "they rose up to play", , in strange service, i.e. idolatry; and though the apostle does not mention their punishment, yet it was a very great one, three thousand persons fell the sword on that account, Exodus 32:28.

(t) Vid. Jarchi in Exodus 32.6. (u) Targum Jon. ben Uzziel & Jerusalem in ib. Vid. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 53. fol. 47. 4. & Shemot Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 89. 3.7. idolaters—A case in point. As the Israelites sat down (a deliberate act), ate, and drank at the idol feast to the calves in Horeb, so the Corinthians were in danger of idolatry by a like act, though not professedly worshipping an idol as the Israelites (1Co 8:10, 11; 10:14, 20, 21; Ex 32:6). He passes here from the first to the second person, as they alone (not he also) were in danger of idolatry, etc. He resumes the first person appropriately at 1Co 10:16.

some—The multitude follow the lead of some bad men.

play—with lascivious dancing, singing, and drumming round the calf (compare "rejoiced," Ac 7:41).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.
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