1 Corinthians 8:11
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New International Version
So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.

New Living Translation
So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed.

English Standard Version
And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.

New American Standard Bible
For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died.

King James Bible
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the weak person, the brother for whom Christ died, is ruined by your knowledge.

International Standard Version
In that case, the weak brother for whom the Messiah died is ruined by your knowledge.

NET Bible
So by your knowledge the weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he who is sickly, for whose sake The Messiah has died, is destroyed by your knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In that case, your knowledge is ruining a believer whose faith is weak, a believer for whom Christ died.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and through thy knowledge the weak brother shall perish, for whom Christ died.

King James 2000 Bible
And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

American King James Version
And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

American Standard Version
For through thy knowledge he that is weak perisheth, the brother for whose sake Christ died.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ hath died ?

Darby Bible Translation
and the weak [one], the brother for whose sake Christ died, will perish through thy knowledge.

English Revised Version
For through thy knowledge he that is weak perisheth, the brother for whose sake Christ died.

Webster's Bible Translation
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

Weymouth New Testament
Why, your knowledge becomes the ruin of the weak believer--your brother, for whom Christ died!

World English Bible
And through your knowledge, he who is weak perishes, the brother for whose sake Christ died.

Young's Literal Translation
and the brother who is infirm shall perish by thy knowledge, because of whom Christ died?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:7-13 Eating one kind of food, and abstaining from another, have nothing in them to recommend a person to God. But the apostle cautions against putting a stumbling-block in the way of the weak; lest they be made bold to eat what was offered to the idol, not as common food, but as a sacrifice, and thereby be guilty of idolatry. He who has the Spirit of Christ in him, will love those whom Christ loved so as to die for them. Injuries done to Christians, are done to Christ; but most of all, the entangling them in guilt: wounding their consciences, is wounding him. We should be very tender of doing any thing that may occasion stumbling to others, though it may be innocent in itself. And if we must not endanger other men's souls, how much should we take care not to destroy our own! Let Christians beware of approaching the brink of evil, or the appearance of it, though many do this in public matters, for which perhaps they plead plausibly. Men cannot thus sin against their brethren, without offending Christ, and endangering their own souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Shall the weak brother perish. The fact that he was "weak" constituted a fresh appeal to pity. It made him more emphatically one of "Christ's little ones," and Christ had pronounced a heavy malediction on all who caused such to offend. But if there is this "ruinous edification" upon the trembling and sandy foundation of a weak conscience, what could possibly follow but a gradual destruction? The tense is the present (the praesens futurascens), "and he who is weak, in thy knowledge, is perishing" - "the brother for whose sake Christ died." The order of the original often gives a force to the words, which it is difficult to reproduce, as here. The word "is perishing" becomes very emphatic by being placed first in the sentence. "Destroy not him with thy meat for whom Christ died" (Romans 14:16). Perish; terrificum verbum. Clarius. He could use no word which would more effectually point his warning.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And through thy knowledge,.... These words contain an aggravation of the sin such persons are guilty of, who are the means, by their example, of ensnaring weak minds, and causing them to stumble and fall, even in some sense so as to perish:

shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? every word almost carries in it an exaggeration of this matter; it is not some slight injury that is done to the person, but even causing him to "perish"; and this is not said of any person, but a "brother", to whom the strongest affection, and strictest regard, should be shown; and a "weak" brother, of whom the greater care should be taken; and therefore it is an instance of cruelty to do damage to such an one, and that not ignorantly, which cannot be pretended, but "through thy knowledge"; not through the true use, but abuse of it: those that have knowledge should know better, and improve it to the edification, and not the destruction of fellow Christians; and all this done in a case of indifference, that might as well be let alone, of which there was no necessity for the doing of it: but what aggravates most of all is, that this affects a person for "whom Christ died"; that he had such a value for as to purchase and redeem with the price of his own blood; and yet these men made so little account of, as by so trifling a thing to risk their good and welfare. Some would from hence conclude the doctrine of universal redemption, that Christ died for all men, even for them that perish; but it should be observed, that the words are put by way of interrogation, and prove no matter of fact, even supposing they could be understood of eternal ruin and destruction; and at most only imply the danger and possibility thereof through offences given, were they not preserved by the power and grace of God through Christ, who died for them, and so will not suffer them to perish; though this is no thanks to them who lay stumblingblocks in their way, and, as much as in them lies, cause them to perish, in this sense: besides, the "perishing" of this weak brother is to be understood of his peace and comfort, and is explained by "defiling" his conscience, 1 Corinthians 8:7 by wounding it, 1 Corinthians 8:12 and making him to offend, 1 Corinthians 8:13 through an imprudent use of Christian liberty in those who had the greater knowledge, and by a participation of things offered unto idols, in an idol's temple, and not of his eternal damnation in hell; which could never enter into the apostle's thought, as to be brought about hereby, as appears from 1 Corinthians 8:8 and so is no proof of Christ's dying for such as perish eternally: for those for whom Christ has died, he has by his death procured such blessings for them, as a justifying righteousness, pardon of sin, peace with God, reconciliation unto him, and eternal salvation, which will for ever secure them from perishing in such sense.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. shall … perish—The oldest manuscripts read "perisheth." A single act seemingly unimportant may produce everlasting consequences. The weak brother loses his faith, and if he do not recover it, his salvation [Bengel] (Ro 14:23).

for whom Christ died—and for whose sake we too ought to be willing to die (1Jo 3:16). And yet professing Christians at Corinth virtually tempted their brethren to their damnation, so far were they from sacrificing aught for their salvation. Note here, that it is no argument against the dogma that Christ died for all, even for those who perish, to say that thus He would have died in vain for many. Scripture is our rule, not our suppositions as to consequences. More is involved in redemption than the salvation of man: the character of God as at once just and loving is vindicated even in the case of the lost for they might have been saved, and so even in their case Christ has not died in vain. So the mercies of God's providence are not in vain, though many abuse them. Even the condemned shall manifest God's love in the great day, in that they too had the offer of God's mercy. It shall be the most awful ingredient in their cup that they might have been saved but would not: Christ died to redeem even them.

1 Corinthians 8:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Food Sacrificed to Idols
10For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 11For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. 12And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.…
Cross References
John 6:27
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

Romans 14:15
If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.

Romans 14:20
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

1 Corinthians 8:4
So then, 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."
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And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

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1 Corinthians 8:13 Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while …

1 Corinthians 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, …

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Romans 14:15,20,21 But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. …

Romans 15:1-3 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

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