1 Corinthians 8:4
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New International Version
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."

New Living Translation
So, what about eating meat that has been offered to idols? Well, we all know that an idol is not really a god and that there is only one God.

English Standard Version
Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.”

New American Standard Bible
Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.

King James Bible
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
About eating food offered to idols, then, we know that "an idol is nothing in the world," and that "there is no God but one."

International Standard Version
Now concerning eating food offered to idols: We know that no idol is real in this world and that there is only one God.

NET Bible
With regard then to eating food sacrificed to idols, we know that "an idol in this world is nothing," and that "there is no God but one."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Concerning food sacrifices to idols, we know that the idol is nothing in the universe and that there is no other God but One.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now about eating food that was offered to false gods: We know that the false gods in this world don't really exist and that no god exists except the one God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As concerning, therefore, the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.

King James 2000 Bible
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.

American King James Version
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

American Standard Version
Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no God but one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as for the meats that are sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.

Darby Bible Translation
-- concerning then the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol [is] nothing in [the] world, and that there [is] no other God save one.

English Revised Version
Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no God but one.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore as concerning the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.

Weymouth New Testament
As to eating things which have been sacrificed to idols, we are fully aware that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but One.

World English Bible
Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no other God but one.

Young's Literal Translation
Concerning the eating then of the things sacrificed to idols, we have known that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God except one;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-6 There is no proof of ignorance more common than conceit of knowledge. Much may be known, when nothing is known to good purpose. And those who think they know any thing, and grow vain thereon, are the least likely to make good use of their knowledge. Satan hurts some as much by tempting them to be proud of mental powers, as others, by alluring to sensuality. Knowledge which puffs up the possessor, and renders him confident, is as dangerous as self-righteous pride, though what he knows may be right. Without holy affections all human knowledge is worthless. The heathens had gods of higher and lower degree; gods many, and lords many; so called, but not such in truth. Christians know better. One God made all, and has power over all. The one God, even the Father, signifies the Godhead as the sole object of all religious worship; and the Lord Jesus Christ denotes the person of Emmanuel, God manifest in the flesh, One with the Father, and with us; the appointed Mediator, and Lord of all; through whom we come to the Father, and through whom the Father sends all blessings to us, by the influence and working of the Holy Spirit. While we refuse all worship to the many who are called gods and lords, and to saints and angels, let us try whether we really come to God by faith in Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - We know that an idol is nothing in the world. After his brief but pregnant digression on the nature of true knowledge, he returns to these questions, and probably once more quotes their own words. They had given this reason for open and public indifference with respect to meat offered to idols. With respect to idols, three views were possible to Christians: either

(1) that they were "demons" - the spirits of deified dead men; or

(2) that they were evil spirits - a favorite view among the Jews (via 10:20; Deuteronomy 32:17; 2 Chronicles 11:15; Psalm 106:37; Revelation 9:20); or

(3) that they were merely (lead images corresponding to nothing at all (Isaiah 44 etc.). That there is none other God but one. This belief is the signature of Judaism, according to their daily and oft repeated shema (Deuteronomy 6:4, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As concerning therefore the eating of those things,.... The apostle having enlarged on the head of knowledge, which those who made an ill use of their Christian liberty urged in favour of their conduct; he returns to the subject in question, in relation to meats,

that are offered in sacrifice unto idols. The determinations of the Jewish schools concerning this affair are as follow, which admit of no manner of profit by them in any shape:

"a beast, the whole of which they offer to idols, is forbidden of profit, even its dung, and its bones, and its horns, and its hoofs, and its skin, all is forbid to be of any profit'' (y).

Again (z),

"flesh or wine, or fruits, which are brought in to be offered up to idols, are not forbidden to profit with, although they are brought into the idol's temple, until they offer them up before it; "but when offered up before it"; they become an offering; and though they may return them, and bring them out, lo, these are forbidden for ever; and all that is found in an idol's temple, even water and salt, are forbidden of profit by the law, , "and he that eats anything thereof" is to be beaten.''

Once more (a),

"an Israelite that lifts up a cheese to worship it, but does not worship it, but a Gentile worships it, it is forbidden of profit, became the lifting of it up is an action; and so if he lifts up an egg, and a Gentile comes and worships it, it is forbidden; he that cuts a gourd, or any such thing, and worships it, it is forbidden, &c.''

But by these decrees we Christians are not bound;

we know that an idol is nothing in the world; among the things created by God in the world; for though the matter of it may be of God, the form is of men; nor has it any share in the government of the world: and though that of which it may be made, as gold, silver, brass, &c. is something; yet as it is a form and representation of God, it is nothing, because there can be no representation of the invisible God; it is nothing, that is, it has no divinity in it, it is no God. Though it may have an existence, as the sun, moon, and stars, yet not divinity; and in that sense nothing. The apostle here speaks the language of the Jewish doctors, who say (b),

"why dost thou envy an idol? , "since it is nothing, or there is nothing it."''

And again (c),

"the Rabbins say, since , "there is nothing in an idol", why do they call them deities;''

Very likely the apostle may have reference to the Hebrew word for idols, which signifies things of nought, that are good for nothing, are of no value, and are as nothing, Isaiah 2:20.

And that there is none other God but one. This clause may be considered either as a reason of the former, why an idol is nothing, is no deity, is no God, "for there is none other God but one", as it may be rendered; or as a part of what believers know; for as they know an idol is nothing, so they know, both from reason and revelation, from the books of the Old and New Testament, that there is but one God, and consequently that idols are nothing, and that they cannot defile them, nor anything that is offered to them.

continued...

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. As concerning, &c.—resuming the subject begun in 1Co 8:1, "As touching," &c.

idol is nothing—has no true being at all, the god it represents is not a living reality. This does not contradict 1Co 10:20, which states that they who worship idols, worship devils; for here it is the Gods believed by the worshippers to be represented by the idols which are denied to have any existence, not the devils which really under the idols delude the worshippers.

none other God—The oldest manuscripts omit the word "other"; which gives a clearer sense.

1 Corinthians 8:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Food Sacrificed to Idols
3but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. 4Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. 5For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:35
You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD is God; besides him there is no other.

Deuteronomy 4:39
Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

Psalm 86:10
For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.

Isaiah 41:24
But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.

Acts 14:15
"Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.

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

Acts 19:26
And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.

1 Corinthians 8:1
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that "We all possess knowledge." But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.

1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

1 Corinthians 8:7
But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.

1 Corinthians 8:10
For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol's temple, won't that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?

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

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

Galatians 4:8
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
Treasury of Scripture

As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

we know.

1 Corinthians 10:19,20 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered …

Psalm 115:4-8 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Isaiah 41:24 Behold, you are of nothing, and your work of nothing: an abomination …

Isaiah 44:8,9 Fear you not, neither be afraid: have not I told you from that time, …

Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded …

Jeremiah 51:17,18 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded …

Habakkuk 2:19,20 Woe to him that said to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, …

Acts 19:26 Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost …

there is.

1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, …

Deuteronomy 3:24 O Lord GOD, you have begun to show your servant your greatness, and …

Deuteronomy 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the …

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

Isaiah 37:16,20 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwell between the cherubim, …

Isaiah 44:6,8,24 Thus said the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD …

Isaiah 45:5,14 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: …

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting …

Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, …

Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, …

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man …

Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and …

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